Better Late Than Never: Lewis’ Met Council Reform Advances

Better Late Than Never: Lewis’ Met Council Reform Advances

September 1st, 2020

EAGAN, Minn. — Spurred on by Jason Lewis’ demands in Congress, Governor Tim Walz quietly announced first steps towards finally reforming the Metropolitan Council. Lewis’ successful first bill in the 115th reined in the unelected Council’s expansion agenda. His second bill, which would have required the Met Council to have an elected member in order to receive federal funding, stalled in the Senate, thanks to efforts by Council apologists like Tina Smith.

“Senator Tina Smith blocked my efforts in the 115th Congress, but it is encouraging to finally see Governor Walz acquiesce to starting the process of reform I’ve been demanding for years, including as recently as Friday. As your next Senator, I’ll make sure it gets done.

The suburbs are under assault by Democrats, and metropolitan planning organizations like the Met Council are forcing their ‘new urbanist agenda’ on suburban residents. Governor Walz’s creation of an independent committee to evaluate the role of the organization’s unelected body is a step in the right direction though long overdue.

I promised to do something about it in Congress, and I did. Now I’m ready to finish the job that Tina Smith won’t—stop an unelected regional government with the power to tax from imposing their way of life on metro residents. Suburban planning should not be dictated far-left activists and I have consistently said no federal funding should be dispersed to the Met Council unless it includes elected officials.

I will continue fighting for the suburbs and fighting to rein in the Met Council in the United States Senate.”