Today in my inbox arrived a few very disheartening links, scary links, showing what we’re in for.  Those who think we’re in good hands in Minnesota haven’t looked at the actions of Gov. Mark Dayton.  His being a shep nut does not make up for the policy disasters of his administration.  Remember Dayton’s Executive Order 11-04 and Executive Order 11-32?  Now, there’s MORE!

What a friend we have in Day-ton,
he would take our rights away.
With the public’s voice so stifled,
blind “streamlining” rules the day!
O, what peace we often forfeit,
O, what needless pain we bear.
All to speak to those unhearing,
taking as much as they dare.

(sorry, my tape loop started going around, and the only way to stop it is to spit it out there)

Call Gov. Dayton’s office and tell him what you think — read these proposals below and, for example, let him know about your experience in permitting projects or in rulemaking, and what it would mean if these proposals were enacted:

Gov. Dayton’s “Contact Us” Form

Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Telephone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Minnesota Relay 800-627-3529
Fax: 651-797-1850

I just sent this regarding Dayton’s agenda, and filed in the PUC’s Ch. 7850 Rulemaking docket:

Comments of No CapX 2020, U-CAN anad CETF March 18 2014

Here’s what he’s proposing in his “unsession” at the legislature:

The Unsession

·         The Unsession: Plain Language

·         The Unsession: Plain Language Examples

·         The Unsession: Permitting Reform

·         The Unsession: Eliminating Unneeded, Outdated Laws

·         The Unsession: Simpler Taxes

·         The Unsession: Rulemaking Reform 

·         The Unsession: Governor Dayton’s 1,007 Unsession Proposals

The Permitting Reform and the Rulemaking Reform are the ones that stick in my craw, particularly that rulemaking proposal, given the proposed rule changes that appeared some time ago for 1400 and 1405:

Rulemaking on OAH Process & Procedure

July 22nd, 2012

I just spent the last few days working on Minn. R. Ch. 7850 Rulemaking Comments of NoCapX, U-CAN and CETF March 17 2014, trying to keep the public in the picture when agencies and our governor try to do an end run.  What Dayton is proposing here for Permitting makes no sense, because the delays are not delays of the process, they’re delays caused by applicant failure to provide requested information, that the applications are NOT complete, that issues abound that no matter how the agency bends over the numbers don’t add up (i.e., the HERC burner air permitting!!!), and due to previous funding cuts there is an incredible backlog of expired air permits that the state is not even bothering to work on — how’s that for regulation!!   So what exactly are they trying to do?  It’s simple, they want to further neuter the regulatory system, and that is not acceptable (click photo or link above for larger view):

Very, very disturbing.  And as for Rulemaking, better government for who?  Protecting Public Participation and “Finding the Right Time to Weigh In” is instead postponing public participation until it’s TOO LATE

Alan recalls that Dayton was speechifying in Duluth not long ago and said he wanted to get rid of the EPA… and now this, HF 3094:

A bill for an act
1.2  relating to environment; nullifying United States Environmental Protection
1.3  Agency regulations;proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
1.4  chapter 116.
1.8  (a) The legislature declares that the regulation authority of the United States
1.9  Environmental Protection Agency is not authorized by the Constitution of the United
1.10  States and violates its true meaning and intent as given by the founders and ratifiers,
1.11  and is hereby declared to be invalid in the state, shall not be recognized by the state, is
1.12  specifically rejected by the state, and shall be considered null and void and of no force and
1.13  effect in the state.
1.14  (b) The legislature shall adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary
1.15  to prevent the enforcement of regulations issued by the United States Environmental
1.16  Protection Agency that are not specifically authorized by the Congress of the United States
1.17  or specifically adopted by the legislature of the state of Minnesota.
1.18  EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.



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