Planning for growth in the entire Twin Cities region.
Minnesota's planning should respect the authority of elected officials, respect citizens' preferences and expand economic competitiveness.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional agency created by the legislature in the 1960s with the sensible purpose of helping to plan and coordinate regional infrastructure. Thanks to decades-long mission creep, that unelected body now seeks to re-engineer society by directing the growth it prefers, rather than confining itself to accommodating growth and the delivery of regional planning and services.
Over time, the Council's enabling legislation and its interpretation of its authority have shifted local control away from elected officials. The Council is now imposing its own vision on the region's cities and towns, and curtailing their ability to determine the character and plan the development of their own communities.
The proposed 30-year development plan, "MSP Thrive 2040", ranges well beyond the Council's statutory authority and mission. It demands immediate legislative oversight and attention.
Minnesota needs to plan for the future, but regional planning should recognize the authority of local elected officials; respect citizens' preferences; and enhance the economic competitiveness of our region and state. This requires Minnesota to reject "MSP Thrive 2040" and the Council's governance model.
Minnesota faces major new challenges. We need to empower our local elected officials and citizens so they-rather than unelected government planners-can guide our region through the challenges ahead in this exciting era. At this event, Center of the American Experiment will release the ninth chapter of The Minnesota Policy Blueprint: Prescription for Prosperity, a package of innovative policy recommendations that emphasize personal initiative, free enterprise and a limited, frugal government. The Minnesota Policy Blueprint, in its entirety, will be released later this fall.
Katherine Kersten, a writer and attorney, is a Senior Fellow at Center of the American Experiment. She was an opinion columnist for the Star Tribune from 1995 to 2013, and worked as a Metro columnist at the paper from 2005 to 2008. She was a founding director of Center of the American Experiment, and served as its chairman from 1996 to 1998. Katherine was a regular commentator on National Public Radio for two years, and has written on cultural and policy issues for a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard and First Things. She began her career at the Northern Trust Bank in Chicago, and later worked as a budget planner for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she holds a masters degree from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Kim Crockett is Center of American Experiment's Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Counsel. She is also the Executive Director of Minnesota Free Market Institute at Center of the American Experiment. Kim has also served as corporate counsel to a national bank and had a long legal career in commercial real estate law. She is currently Chairman of the Minneapolis Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. Kim also started a small business in 2004 where she serves on the board. She served Governor Tim Pawlenty as an appointee to Minnesota Compensation Council and the Minnesota Supreme Court as member of the Committee on Minnesota¹s Code of Judicial Conduct. . She has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from Penn Law.