Red Wing Lobbying

It occurred to me after reading about Education Minnesota’s lobbying expenses that Red Wing had paid in the past twelve month about half that amount.  So I put some numbers together.

Red Wing past 12 months lobbying expense.

$67,000     Madigan, Dahl & Harlan Xcel Uprate PUC case. Although deemed litigation, it was essentially lobbying the PUC on public safety costs.

$15,000     Madigan, Dahl, & Harlan – legislative lobbying regarding Prairie Island plant.

$75,000     Flaherty & Hood legislative lobbying regarding Prairie Island plant.

$50,000     Flaherty & Hood legislative lobbying regarding Prairie Island plant.

$12,500     Flaherty & Hood PERA lobbying.

$19,853     Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.  (MN State Auditor deems most of these dues lobbying expense.)

$26,369     Coalition of Utility Cities (from MN State Auditor report.)

$2,964     League of MN Cities

$1,429     MN Env. Science & Economic Review Board

*$270,115     Total

Why is the City hiring Flaherty & Hood again when we are already paying $46,000 for lobbying to the Coalition of Greater MN Cities & the Coalition of Utility Cities, and our past mayor is now our state senator?  Both Sen. Howe and Rep. Kelly essentially support the city of Red Wing’s position on the PERA bill for the Port Authority, and the nuclear moratorium and storage of nuclear waste.

*I reviewed Republican Eagle archives to double-check the numbers.  I believe the numbers are accurate.

Go here to read MN State Auditor’s report on lobbying.

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