I was watching the replay of Tuesday’s discussion on Marty Owings’ “Capitol Conversations” show, with Greg Copeland (the GOP-endorsed candidate in the SD66 special election) and Rep. John Lesch, one of three DFL contenders that’ll duke it out in the primary next Tuesday.
Toward the end of the interview, the subject of “what is there left to cut?” from the budget of the City of Saint Paul, Copeland brought up the $300K the city spent on a tiny fleet of electric cars.
Lesch responded “OK, that’s $300 thousand. What else?”
Copeland, inconveniently, hadn’t brought a budget with him; Marty had to disentangle that particular discussion.
But it just occurred to me; what a golden opportunity for an across-the-aisle discussion!
Rep. Lesch? Candidate Copeland? How about we get together with a copy of the Saint Paul City Budget, and go through it, line item by line item, and justify each one’s existence (or removal)?
This sounds like a fantastic idea!
Rep. Lesch (or whomever wins the DFL endorsement); have your people call Mr. Copeland’s people (note: I am Mr. Copeland’s people). Let’s get this set up.
What a brilliant idea, Rep. Lesch!
Disclosure: I am a volunteer on Greg Copeland’s campaign staff.