Thursday, May 04, 2006

If I ran the PiPress

I don't know about the rest of you bloggers, but the PiPress out-blogged me today with a wonderfully breezy, unsigned lead editorial on the Legislature's latest stadium machinations:
We went to the stadium fight at the Capitol this week and a transit plan broke out.

Who knew? The 10-year-old battle over a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins is just a cover for putting train tracks and busways from here to Anoka. It sure seemed that way at the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday, where a reluctant Democratic-Farmer-Labor majority lumped the Twins' ballpark, the Vikings' stadium and a futuristic transit plan into a huge tax package.

With lids on each park. A half-cent metropolitan sales tax hike that never ends, sending money to transit programs existing only as dotted map lines. And a referendum so voters in the seven-county metro area can just say no.

What fun!
Add to that a reality check on gas prices by David Strom on the facing page, and a cautionary editorial cartoon on Iran's nuclear program, and you get a refreshing right-leaning counterweight to the Strib. So where's the west metro edition?

1 comment:

lloydletta said...

This part is good:


The Transit Twins bill does make one point loud and clear. The governor and legislators should not sign away their flexibility and responsibility to interest groups, either by swearing off taxes or by promising new spending.

No new taxes, the Senate Democrats are saying, means no new stadium.

EY: This editorial is also promoting sticking it to the Hennepin County Taxpayer on this one.