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Matt Touchette

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Posted on 10/03/14 at 09:55 am in response to Park Board ups the ante in dispute with Met Council over Southwest LRT

The vote wasn't on the agenda and the board wasn't properly notified about it prior to the meeting, so you can't belittle members not present for the vote (assuming they had legitimately more important responsibilities).

Tariffs are a form of subsidy.

Without seeing the contracts we don't really know how CSI was to be paid. However, the final line of the article, "Payments will be made when the activities outlined have been performed", leads me to believe that while the contracts may include hundreds of thousands in payments, the payments are only made upon completion of certain objectives outlined in the contracts. If that is the case, then you may not have received faulty information.

This article/blog does not have all of...

Posted on 07/07/14 at 03:07 pm in response to What gun victims would do about gun violence

While maybe not directly Bloomberg's money, there was some disclosure of funding for this series of articles:

"(Protect Minnesota receives funding from The Joyce Foundation, a Chicago-based foundation that also supports MinnPost's reporting on gun violence prevention, the environment and effective democracy.)"

Posted on 02/06/14 at 05:50 pm in response to What is ‘affordable housing’?

The government's 30% figure is based on the actual cost of housing, which includes utilities and basic upkeep (but not major repairs). The government's definition only serves to generically define "affordable housing" as something that a person can afford, the term is not necessarily meant (under that definition) to serve as a descriptor for housing that is priced to serve those in lower income brackets.

I definitely agree with your last paragraph regarding the reexamination of...

Posted on 01/30/14 at 05:55 pm in response to Is this the Republican alternative to Obamacare?

I would argue that Dennis's suggestion is a federalist move, not necessarily a liberal one. I believe that, while maybe not historically accurate, the current political climate allows for federalists and statists to come from both the liberal and conservative sides of the isle.

I hope that you realize that neither Todd-Malmlov or MNsure controls what the policies are. The policies are presented by the private sector insurance firms (many being non-profits) based one the specifications required in the Obamacare legislation. While it appears you have struggled to get proper access to said policies (I've had trouble as well), I would argue that for some people the available policies are better than those available before and some are worse. That said, not all...

One could argue that Cruz did not articulate his arguments effectively, nor did he have a decent alternative plan for the mean time. I would agree that an alternate plan should have been implemented and the roll-out of the exchanges should have been pushed back.

Richard, good commentary. These are some questions and arguments I agree with. Well said.

Based on the footage I saw from the hearings, Mr. Paymar was the bully. While the pro-gun crowd does have its "bullies and paranoid luddites", the same can be said for the anti-gun crowd. Mr. Paymar's agenda and allowed speakers throughout the committee hearings was obviously not neutral or fair to both sides of the argument and the majority of the time and respect was given to the anti-gun proponents.

At the end of the day, we're talking about rights, and I find it ironic that Mr...