"There simple is no bottom to the pockets they always have their hands in. Soon, a hard rain is going to fall. Reality will set in."
As red as my county is, Hennepin County is just as blue. No - that is not true. Hennepin County is worse. It is deep, deep blue, as Republicans are all but extinct. Hennepin County, more so even than Ramsey County (in my opinion), has pound for pound more statists than any other county in Minnesota (maybe the mid west). And these progressives can spend money like a sailor on extended liberty. That is, they can spend other people's money.
It all started this summer when Mayor Hodges (who refers to herself as "Wonder Woman") proposed a budget to fix the "mess" the state legislature left for her. The "free money" from the state was not coming in due to the impasse between the Governor and the Speaker. So she is proposing an increase in the budget of 5.5%. Lots of new programs, lots of new hires. Instead of pulling the belt in a notch or two, it is spending as usual for "Wonder Woman".
Whopper number two came when the big lie about the Southwest Light Rail (SWLRT) continued to gain steam. "If we don't do something and quickly, we will lose all that 'free money' from the federal government!" Once again, the real power behind the statists live and work in Hennepin County. To save the day, they strong armed the Hennepin County Board to authorize ANOTHER $20.5M to keep this pig alive. That money by the way, comes out of the pockets of Hennepin County taxpayers (again).
People who live in Minneapolis get a double whammy. First from the Mayor, and then from Hennepin County. (Don't worry - I did not forget about the hosing we all take from the state on top of all that). Whereas the county I live in (Anoka County), prides itself with doing more with less, Hennepin County prides itself in tax and spend, tax and spend, and tax and spend.
There simply is no bottom to the pockets Hennepin County have their hands in. Soon, a hard rain is going to fall. Reality will set in. And when this "spending bubble" bursts, there will be lots of moist eyes in Hennepin County. Many people (I would hope most) will realize they have been lied to and cheated for years. "Mr. Good-bar" does not exist, and never did. All trains being built have a huge hangover after the drunk. The annual operating costs are absolute killers.
When the music stops, the good people of Hennepin County will realize this was not a dance after all. Just a two step to get their money. Get as much of their money as possible, and spend it on absolute crap.