Metropolitan Council Chairwoman Susan Haigh announced Wednesday that she would step down once Gov. Mark Dayton names a successor.
Advocates of increased funding for roads, bridges and transit projects across Minnesota hope to recreate a formula that worked once before. In the wake of the 2007 I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, a broad coalition of groups, which included the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce as well as labor unions, joined hands to push for a 5.5 cent gas tax increase in the 2008 session.
The battle over transit funding that’s brewing at the Capitol this year has its roots in the 2008 transportation bill that ultimately saw the Legislature override Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto.
The Republican transportation chairs in the state House and Senate plan to charge into the 2012 legislative session with the beginnings of an effort to take away the Metropolitan Council’s traditional role in overseeing transit.
Since Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration unveiled its analysis of the risks associated with the proposed Minnesota Vikings stadium site in Arden Hills on Wednesday, opinion has varied as to whether it dealt a fatal blow to the Ramsey County/Vikings plan.
The numbers contained in a much-anticipated Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission report will require the Minnesota Vikings and Ramsey County to come up with more cash in order to sell their stadium deal at the Legislature. And that fact appears to lend credence to widely circulated reports that a renewed push from Minneapolis interests is in the works.
As the Minnesota Vikings worked through preseason practice last week in Mankato, Ramsey County commissioners and team officials were doing intensive work on the specifics of a proposal to help build a new football stadium for the team in Arden Hills.
Minneapolis's chief financial officer Patrick Born will become the new top staffer at the Metropolitan Council.
Former Ramsey County Commissioner Susan Haigh will have her hands full as Gov.-elect Mark Dayton's choice to lead the Metropolitan Council.
Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has picked Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity CEO Susan Haigh to lead the Metropolitan Council. She will juggle her executive role at Habitat and serve as council chairwoman.
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