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My personal sense is that this article written in the PB reads like a hit piece:
The information in the article is seemingly correct, but the Post-Bulletin had access to significant pieces of information that they chose to omit. Here are a few:
- The 2015 Total City General Fund finished $2.8 million under budget.
- The 2015 Total Mayor Council Budget finished $19,300 under budget.
- I estimate that the current council returns more than $100k in entitled but unused benefits to the city annually. In 2015, I personally was entitled to $19,435.44 in benefits that I gave back to the city. In short I alway give back more in benefits than my total expenses.
- I publish my travel expense for the world to see: 2015 Travel Expenses
- Because of my training I once caught a financial transaction which saved the city more than $40k in sales taxes by delaying a purchase 1 month. That one simple find has paid for every travel expense I have had in 8 years…
All of these were known to the PB or public information but omitted from the article. If you want someone that doesn’t strive for competence, I’m the wrong candidate for you.
Yes the largest paper in the state just quoted me saying that on the front page… sigh… That one will haunt me on Google forever…
Actually that comment is reflective of my current take on DMC, I wish there was more private investment at this point. I just haven’t seen much, but I do remain optimistic and think some more significant private investments are coming. In reality basically all the projects that we have seen come forward were planned before DMC. The Bloom Capital project on the riverfront might be the first truly private DMC project (though the Connolly Camera rehab is also a related project). Downtown housing and hotel projects were already planned.
Most DMC monies have been public dollars for public projects at this point. I am particularly concerned about the suggested use of public DMC funds to build a hockey rink. I think the project smells of backroom deals and conflicts of interest. I hate that as I am a hockey fan. I struggle to see how this venue is a better use of public dollars than Affordable Housing, Transit, Library, Broadband, or even a performing arts center.
I am glad the Star Tribune hit on the awful Associated Bank plan that ALMOST actually passed. Very amateurish by the City Council to even consider that.
Thanks to local historian extraordinaire, Tim Schmitt for finding this ahead of its time gem.
… or something like that. 🙂
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I don’t know if there is a way to embed KAAL (ABC 6) stories, but here is a link to their coverage here. They once again went to the bottom of the barrel and interviewed me.“Every year, the City of Rochester and Olmsted County send almost $90 million more to the State Treasury in taxes than they receive back in LGA, school aid, and other assistance,” said Governor Dayton.“The reality is we send so much in income tax and sales tax up to Saint Paul and we get a pittance of that back,” says Rochester city council member, Michael Wojcik, who met with Governor Dayton on Thursday. While he’s happy with the Governor’s praise, he points out Rochester’s state contributions are a double-edged sword; especially, when programs like Local Government Aid are being slashed.“We don’t have necessarily the means to keep funding the programs that we have and that’s why you see this constant budget struggle at the city and county level,” says Wojcik.
Well if she does we hope she sends the money to the right state.
The funniest part of this is that when she is reading off the list of events, she actually reads off a New York state event, but still doesn’t put two and two together. When I was searching for the above video I also found this nugget, below.
In fairness, I don’t know what the public said, or if there were just being clueless. We occasionally have some clueless folks at our city council meeting that get corrected or asked to sit down. But the fact that there was someone on the committee actually defending the witnesses tells me that Rep. Anderson was probably out of line.
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