You would be hard pressed to put a price on the impact of citizen watchdogs and their role in holding government accountable.
But in the small Twin Cities suburb of Victoria, the cost of local accountability, at least by one measure, comes to $68,000 in legal fees — and counting.
“The legal defense in this action is a very costly endeavor. An indication of the costs involved can be found in the extent of the initial document search, which required the review of 30,000 pages,” Mayor Tom O’Connor of Victoria said at an Aug. 25 City Council meeting.Read More →
A Twin Cities school district, smarting after a 2007 levy referendum loss, threatened legal action against a citizen opposition group under a century-old state law banning false political speech.
So grassroots activists — anticipating a potential $5,000 fine, legal costs and possible criminal prosecution by the county attorney — upped the ante.
They joined another anti-levy increase group in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of prosecuting disputed political statements in ballot question campaigns under the Minnesota Fair Campaign Practices Act.Read More →
You quickly get a clue about the scope of Duluth’s street repair problem by logging onto the city website.Read More →
After years of organizing home-care workers and waging a divisive 2013 legislative battle, the Service Employees International Union prevailed this week in the largest public-sector union election in Minnesota history.
The victory, certified by the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, came with asterisks that will determine the ultimate effect of the outcome.Read More →
Jim Gander’s local and state taxes will help pay for an $85 million expansion of the Mayo Civic Center. So will the heating and plumbing contractor get a shot at some of the 700 jobs spread over three years of the publicly funded project?
Not a chance, Gander says, blaming a project labor agreement, which city officials signed with organized labor.Read More →