"Just when you think you have given this bull called the Met Council enough, they come after for more..."
Just when you think it is safe to come out of your basement, that fun group of unelected, unaccountable, unthinking bureaucrats called the Met Council are at it again. I will give them credit for one thing. Boundaries be damned. The same is true for job description. In business, this is called scope creep. Usually however in business, scope creep does not last very long. It becomes "outed". Not with the Met Council. They are grabbing power faster than the Mullahs in Iran.
This group which started out regulating sewers in the metro area (toilet flushers), has spread out to cover just about everything. And the latest grab is an excellent example of their scope growth. It is called the Equity Advisory Committee. This committee (which now has 100 applicants) is going to advise the Met Council on how to eliminate racial disparities in income, housing and education.
Here is the good news and the bad news. First the good news. This committee will be made up of volunteers. Now the bad news. This issue is none of the business of this group of renegades. These 16 commissioners plus a chairman make a lot of dough - thanks to the taxpayers.
I could not get current wages on the committee members, but I know this much. In 2011, this part time job paid $58,000/year. I do however have a current salary on the political appointee who is the Chairman of these toilet flushers. His job is fulltime and he makes about $145,000/year.
Back to the Equity Advisory Committee. According to the newspaper article, the candidates for these positions come from very diverse backgrounds (tongue planted firmly in cheek). The paper said they "range from neighborhood activists to college professors". That is code speak for hard core lefties. So this group will come up with a smorgasbord of programs that are costly, redundant and probably useless. And how will they be funded? The unelected Met Council who somehow got taxing authority, will pass those costs onto you and I.
Remember all these fun facts in November when you go to the ballot box. The only way we can get rid of this unelected group of toilet flushers it to take the Senate and keep the House. Then we must have a veto proof majority so when we pass legislation to eliminate them, it will stick. Otherwise, we have to hope against hope that in two years we can elect a conservative Governor. That new Governor can't kill the Met Council, but he or she can sure neuter it.