Posted: 03/22/17 09:12, Edited: 03/22/17 09:12
by Dave Mindeman
The Minnesota Legislative Republicans seem to be all in on the Metro - Greater MN divide. They have fired a mortar shell into the heart of our transit system by sending a letter to the current administration to withdraw the Federal funds pending for Southwest Light Rail.
Daudt's fear of trains raises its ugly head again.
Funny, this doesn't have anything to do with the State budget. It doesn't save any state money - we are already invested. All this does is kill a project that has taken years to set up.
I guess it doesn't matter that former Republican minority leader David Hann lost his job over opposition to SWLRT. It doesn't matter that the metro area is essentially paying for the project. It doesn't matter that at some point in the future we are going to have revisit all of this (if the project is cancelled).
None of that seems to matter because Minnesota Republicans hate trains.
This action, if successful, will hurt the Minnesota economy. Not only will it kill the construction jobs that go along with a project of this magnitude, but it will kill the development that has been lining up along the corridor. It will stop the ability of workers from other areas to help fill needed jobs for business. It will continue the traffic congestion that road construction cannot keep up with.
Minnesota Republicans are lousy stewards of state progress - and it is time we face the fact that they need to be thrown out of state government.
If Daudt thinks he can run for governor on pissing off the central population center of the state, then he is more than welcome to try.
I, for one, am tired of these constant costly battles and delays. SWLRT has been a costly project, but if it dies now and we waste our investments, only to have to come back and try again at twice the cost, then it is on the Minnesota GOP.
Daudt is bad at his job. He would be worse at being governor.