Community Solutions Podcast- Is New Hope Out of Control?

Community Solutions Podcast- Is New Hope Out of Control?

In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss three distinct issues being discussed by the New Hope City Council: 1) organized garbage hauling, 2) the proposed maximum tax levy for 2017, and 3) the details of the new city hall/police station/fire station/public pool project. New Hope may be completely out […] Click here to view original post communitysolutionsmn.wordpress.com

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Community Solutions Podcast- Townships

Community Solutions Podcast- Townships

In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss something that may be a little foreign to all you city-dwellers. That is townships. What are they? How are they governed? Are they subject to the cities around them? Are they a bastion of freedom? We’re going to give you the absolute […] Click here to view original post communitysolutionsmn.wordpress.com

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Community Solutions Podcast- Listener Questions

Community Solutions Podcast- Listener Questions

In this episode, it’s all about you. Everywhere we go, in our email, on our blog, on social media, we get questions from people who, like we were nine years ago, just waking up to how messed up our local governments are. They take it for granted that because […] Click here to view original post communitysolutionsmn.wordpress.com

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Community Solutions Podcast- The Budget Process

Community Solutions Podcast- The Budget Process

In this episode, Andrew and I discuss the process of creating a municipal, county, or school board budget. There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors in the budget process. It’s only a part of the complete financial picture of an entity. Yet, it’s important to understand what goes into […] Click here to view original post communitysolutionsmn.wordpress.com

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ReNae Bowman Should Resign

ReNae Bowman Should Resign

It was just three short years ago when former Mayor ReNae Bowman’s allies on the Crystal City Council intimidated me to resign from the Planning Commission for telling the truth about a councilman’s behavior. Bowman praised these council members for their “courage” in attacking me. Well, now she is […] Click here to view original post communitysolutionsmn.wordpress.com

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Community Solutions Podcast- HUD and Local Government

Community Solutions Podcast- HUD and Local Government

In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss the history and the growing power of the Department of Urban Housing and Development (HUD) over the ability of local governments to effectively govern themselves. From waving around billions of dollars with strings attached, to trying to dictate what kinds of development […] Click here to view original post communitysolutionsmn.wordpress.com

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