Bloomington residents turn out against racketized trash hauling (emphasis added):
Some angry residents want to take decisions on trash hauling out of the City Council’s hands. Residents are circulating petitions for both an initiative and a referendum that would allow citizens — rather than their elected officials — to have the final say on the issue.
Hard to say if the bolded parts are a little bit of editorializing by the Strib writer, John Reinan – but either way, it was a great turnout:
Nearly 100 residents testified for more than three hours at a public hearing on trash hauling Monday night. The city is proposing to implement a system of “organized collection.” In essence, the seven private haulers now licensed to do business in the city would carve up the territory and charge a single negotiated rate.
In other words, the city will pick winners and losers, and give everyone – resident and hauler – an “our way or the highway” “choice”.
The part that fascinates me, whenever people get to choose between freedom and socialism, is the rationalizations people choose for socialism:
[Supporters of the racket plan] pointed to the cost savings projected by the city, which add up to more than $8 a month for the average household.
“That will save the average person $103 a year,” said resident Greg Thompson. “Given the choice between choosing the color of the [garbage] bin and the name on the side of the truck, and saving 103 bucks, I choose the 103 bucks.”
You could choose bin colors and names.
Or you could choose prices. That’s your call, in a free market system. I, for one, stick with prices and service.
And if you believe that the “city negotiated price” is going to stay the same, once the trash haulers have no reason to compete in Bloomington, and that service will stay the same when the trash haulers have to cut cost corners to maximize profits (which is their job), you’re clearly a Democrat voter.
And you’re in ample company, as the Bloomington City Council is controlled by the DFL. And it shows:
City residents last week received a mailing from Garbage Haulers for Political Choice, an industry group opposed to organized collection. That didn’t sit well with Council Member Andrew Carlson.
“What concerns me is, [the haulers] are negotiating in good faith — but at the same time, actively engaged with an organization whose purpose is to oppose organized collection. That doesn’t square up well with me,” Carlson said.
Complexity is hard. If you’re a politician.