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Nathaniel Finch

Vadnais Heights, MN
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3 years 3 weeks

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How are you going to determine a property value increase was the result of a transportation improvement and not the result of some other factor? Property owners with deep pockets will undoubtedly fight their "value capture user fees." And what about road improvements that are necessary, but which don't directly increase any nearby property values? Who's going to pay for those. A lousy idea all around. The governor's proposal makes a lot more sense.

Posted on 01/12/15 at 01:54 pm in response to Downey to seek another term as Minnesota GOP chair

I thought the MN Republican Party was all about victimized rural Minnesota. Why do they want to be led by someone from the Metro?

Posted on 12/22/14 at 08:51 am in response to DFLers lament Wagenius' absence from House environmental committee

There are plenty of capable citizens over 60. Throwing out every legislator who is older or has served for several terms is a ridiculous idea. I lived in Rep.Wagenius' district for several years. She is capable and thoughtful and committed to her work. Apparently regional "balance" for the new majority means rewarding rural districts in hopes of keeping control of those districts in future elections.

Posted on 12/22/14 at 04:37 pm in response to DFLers lament Wagenius' absence from House environmental committee

The new leadership in the house has removed agriculture from the committee's purview.

If you are dissatisfied with Rep. Wagenius' service, you are free to run against her.

Posted on 12/10/14 at 03:27 pm in response to Can Klobuchar’s Minnesota Nice melt Senate deadlock in 2015?

I suppose Klobuchar will be bringing us deals on more really important stuff like laws about pool drains and lead in toys - things that could have been dealt with by regulatory agencies. Amy loves the noncontroversial bills. Fixing the real and difficult problems of the country - not so much.

Posted on 11/18/14 at 03:03 pm in response to Ben Golnik to be executive director of state House GOP caucus

Is the executive director of the state House Republican Caucus position a state-funded position or will he be paid by the Republican party?

“I think the Minnesota Jobs Coalition is well positioned to be the lead the group on the right,” said founder Ben Golnik.

I'm sure Ben Golnik would like to think so. The more successful the group is at raising money, the more he can skim off the top for his salary. I'm sure Norm Coleman is paying himself a nice salary for collecting and disbursing shady money too. Nice work if you can get it.

Then Ben goes from associating his group with "the right" to calling it "center right...

Posted on 11/07/14 at 08:55 am in response to House Republicans to the Twin Cities: It's not about you

I grew up in a rural area. I also happen to be gay. The area where I grew up is hostile to gay people, as are most rural areas, frankly. They are not places where someone like me can live a fulfilling life. If people in rural areas continue to be hostile toward people who aren't just like them, they will continue to lose population. If they want to blame that on people in the metro, they will get what they deserve.

Posted on 11/07/14 at 09:32 am in response to House Republicans to the Twin Cities: It's not about you

We have this repeated blaming of the metro because it's a useful strategy for Republicans. They make sure rural voters maintain a chip on their shoulders against the metro so those voters will vote their emotions instead of the facts. The facts are that urban residents subsidize state spending in rural areas. Rural areas already get proportionally more state spending than their population and tax base support. By stoking feelings that metro people look down on outstate voters, Republicans...

Posted on 11/07/14 at 12:19 pm in response to House Republicans to the Twin Cities: It's not about you

I'm talking about one of the reasons rural areas aren't booming. They drive away all sorts of creative people who don't fit the prevailing norms. Then they complain about the places where those people moved.

I've lived in both rural places and in cities. I'm not being narrow. I'm being realistic.

Maybe if you focused on how you could make rural places thrive instead of taking out your disappointments on urban folks, things would be better.