Today in St. Paul, the Chairperson of the Met Council regional government agency delivered a speech from the throne-style address on the State of the Region. It turns out that the government agency that runs our local bus service has gotten into the income redistribution business. No, really.
Met Council Chair Susan Haigh delivered her remarks this morning on the campus of the private Macalester College. It turned out to be a speech on race relations. She said,
OK so far, but what does any of this have to do with our region’s water utility? As I described in Part 1, the Met Council is implementing a bizarre, Federally-mandated plan to relocate low-income households, scattering them across the region. As Chair Haigh explains,
The Met Council claims that scattering our low income families will provide benefits for everyone,
The logical progression escapes me. It reminds me of the thinking behind South Park’s underpants gnomes, who created the famous formulation,
The joke being that by diligently and earnestly engaging in an effort, you will produce the desired result: regardless of how unconnected your efforts are to your goals.
The same goes for the Met Council: Phase 1, scatter low-income families, Phase 2, ?, Phase 3, growing economy. In the latest draft of the Fair Housing & Equity Assessment (FHEA), the Met Council attempts an explanation,
The Met Council will be finalizing its fair housing plan over the next year. It’s an effort worth following as it evolves.