I’ve put together a short document showing local government lobbying expenses. At nearly $150,000, it is considerable. You can view the full State Auditor Report here. Note: the amounts for 2010 and 2011 were allocated, may not actually be spent. Thanks to Peggy Rehder for the clarification.
Category Archives: Red Wing Port Authority
Red Wing council members serve as liaisons to various boards and commissions, such as the Port Authority, Planning Commission, etc. They serve an important function.
It’s high time we have a liaison between City government and the Red Wing School Board. So much effort and money goes into economic development, but there is no connection with our schools. This must change. The Mayor should appoint a non-elected, independent citizen to serve as liaison to the school board.
The City Council and Port Authority Board are having a summit on economic development Monday, May 2, 2011 at 6:00 p.m., at the Public Library. Absent from the agenda is a discussion of the vital role our schools play in our long-term economic development.
Hopefully, Mayor Egan will soon announce the creation of the position.
Mayor’s Liaison to Red Wing Public Schools.
“In 2008 Alliant Energy Company brought Chris Gibbons, the guru of Economic Gardening to Madison, WI as part of an ongoing series on local Economic Development. At the time I had just left a career in banking to start consulting for businesses and Economic Development Organizations. My partner Sue Gleason, was still working for Thrive, an eight county Economic Development Region located in overwhelmingly rural South Central Wisconsin.”
There were a number of things that really rang true for me in that eight hour session:
- the importance of growing local businesses rather than traditional retention and recruitment
- the availability of tools for businesses that had been unavailable in the recent past
- the data showing that even though we all knew jobs were created by small businesses, we now know that net jobs are created by small businesses with certain characteristics
- the importance of supporting local entrepreneurs.
I put together a comparison of commercial property taxes for the cities I’ve previously used in other comparisons. While some cities may receive more in per capita LGA than Red Wing, they don’t have a nuclear plant contributing to the tax base. The total tax columns include county and school district taxes.
Source: League of Minnesota Cities Property Tax Calculator.
Sen. John Howe of Red Wing introduces Dave Murphy, President of Red Wing Shoe Co., who testifies before the Senate Tax Committee on March 1, 2011.
Watch the video to gain a better appreciation of the intense challenges they face. I say “they” because I think of the Shoe as being the 1,2oo workers here in Red Wing who are, “The Shoe.”
When you hear Mr. Murphy discuss the decision to move some jobs to Missouri instead of Red Wing, you can’t help but put that into the context of how our local government spending impacts the Shoe and other businesses.
A great company and corporate citizen. Now go buy a pair here!
Video: Senate Media Services.