Posted: 11/30/07 12:22
by Dave Mindeman
Nick Coleman has some questions for Carol Molnau. It's too bad he has to ask them from his column rather than being granted an interview.
But the questions keep coming and the answers seem shrouded in secrecy. This department needs changes.... big changes; mostly at the top.
But, if we do start to get some of Nick Coleman's questions answered, I'd like to add a few more:
1) What exactly was Sonia Morphew Pitt's job? What was it she was supposed to be doing? besides traveling a lot?
2) Inspection reports indicated that roller bearings that releived stress from heat and weight were unusable. Did MnDOT ever consider replacing them?
3) Carol Molnau headed the department while still a part of the Governor's administration as Lt. Governor. Isn't that a conflict of interest when MnDOT budget requests need to be addressed? How does Molnau separate her responsibilities to the department from her loyalties to administration policy?
4) How well can we expect light rail authorizations to be carried out when Molnau has been a life long opponent and is in a budget squeeze?
5) Sonia Morphew Pitt headed the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Dept. What does this department do and what is the annual budget?
6) Molnau and McFarlin said that the Crosstown bidding process, in which contractors were asked to use their own money for financing, is done in other parts of the country. If so, give some examples and were any of those projects as large as the Crosstown?
7) How was the bidding process for the new bridge construction arrived at? Who determined the extra criteria beyond money and time?
8) If the NTSB investigation is a fully independent one, why is it that the firm hired by the administration has become a virtual partner with full participation? yet, none of the lawyers for the victims can get the same access?
I would hope that if the Senate takes up Molnau's confirmation next year, that they will take the opportunity to ask them all.