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jody rooney

withrow, MN
Commenter for
3 years 20 weeks

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Posted on 07/29/14 at 10:43 am in response to Seeking flexibility amid the invisible hand of street design standards

any thought to using the already existing trail guide published by FHWA as a base?

Posted on 07/29/14 at 10:59 am in response to Parkway showdown: Minnehaha vs. Wheelock

while looking at the roadway. The neighborhoods that the parkway passes through. It is a lot easier to work on investment in upper income areas than in working class neighborhoods.

This guy is a self aggrandizing jerk whose incompetence would shine in an office that really has a defined job.

Time to put Mr. Entenza on the road to political oblivion. He is the kind of politician that gives politicians a bad name.

Posted on 07/25/14 at 12:14 pm in response to Gun deaths top motor-vehicle deaths in a rising number of states

How about setting an age of 25 for any thing but a single shot "put them out of their misery" hunting gun. An exception being made if you can show an honorable discharge or active duty ID from any branch of the military or an active law enforcement officer. Make possession a serious offense.

Posted on 07/25/14 at 11:45 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

for which I will not burn in economist hell. But they have been for base businesses and the majority of the impact was from workers wages and the results were well qualified when reported.

Economic impact assessment is a good tool (not to mention the firm that owns the best tool IMPLAN is headquartered in Hudson and is owned by at least one U of M grad -"yeah us") when it is used for comparative purposes and it is net of the existing economic activity and marginal costs. As Mr....

Posted on 07/25/14 at 03:48 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

I think so. Sales tax is I believe reported on a fairly routine basis by individual businesses so you could if you wanted to do two things. Clump by NAICS code (North American Industrial Classification System) and see which businesses had a bump or lump by zip code and see what zip codes were impacted. That is the data the Department of Revenue needs to collect to do its job.

DEED is the designated state data manager. If I understand correctly they are charged with collecting all...

Posted on 07/25/14 at 04:15 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

First is profit is not something that cities look for from an event they look at tax revenue.

So the comment that no economist has found it profitable for a city is not true because cities or any government don't make profits. By hosting these events they aren't even looking to.

Second I don't know that these type of events have not provided net benefits to the communities but I am pretty sure that what they have found is that it wasn't as high as anticipated.


Posted on 07/28/14 at 12:51 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

First Sales tax data is only part of the picture, there is also wage data and a plethora of other data that I haven't looked for but I a pretty sure a post event audit is reasonably easy. Saying that the data is there an a fair analysis can be completed is in no way saying that it is a good idea to have mega events.

The second point I would ask you to do some research on is the return to various recreation or trail activities (yes that is different from commuting and transit)...

He and Matt Dean engineered one of the poorest strategies ever, putting gay marriage on the ballot.

Hopefully the voters in Dean's district will remember that he may be of the party they prefer but he is horribly ineffective as either a strategist or a legislator. The party made a significant mistake when they endorsed him over Carol McFarlane when their districts were combined. She actually worked and worked hard in the legislature writing good legislation for all the people in...

Posted on 07/24/14 at 10:54 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

what would those portfolios look like after 2007 -2009?

Stating that the system is headed to bankruptcy makes it pretty a classic Republican ploy.

This is the latest CBO report that I could find.

Being self employed this was my largest tax burden.

How about removing the cap on earnings....