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Let’s tell the full story when it comes to the Southwest Light Rail route

Fundamentally, the root cause of today’s challenges to project construction is that Hennepin County skewed the route selection process to ensure that the light rail transit would travel through the Kenilworth corridor and not through the Uptown area, even though the latter had more dense population, a greater number of transit-dependent residents, and a greater number of jobs than Kenilworth.

The light rail tunnel under construction in the Kenilworth Corridor.

Minnesota protects big hospitals, not patients

Overall, 38 states and Washington, D.C. operate regulatory regimes, commonly called “certificate of need” programs. Defenders of the scheme claim it is necessary to maintain balance. But the COVID-19 pandemic shows the true score.

Patient in a hospital bed
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