The past two years our elected officials at the national and state levels have passed legislation that we were told had to be fast tracked for our benefit. We had financial reforms that were not well thought out but passed with little or no public input.
Sweeping health care reform was passed and we were told, "...we have to pass it to see what is in it."
We are still trying to find out what is in it. Many of us are discovering we don't like what we find.
At the state level, the governor has told us we need this bill passed quickly to fill the gap in this year's budget.
At the Feb. 22 City Council meeting we fell into the same fast track trap.
At 5 p.m. I was given a resolution of support for unions. There was little time to read and understand.
There was also no time to inform parties who might have had an interest in expressing opposition. Yet the TV stations in Minnesota were aware of it as were the union organizers.
I voted in opposition for several reasons. First, because this method of fast- tracking legislation is dangerous and irresponsible. It doesn't benefit citizens of River Falls.
I will not be cornered into voting for something because we have to do it now or it will be too late.
We have all seen the after-effects of fast-tracked legislation at the national and state levels.
You have to decide for yourself if you like the way it has worked out so far. I am not happy with it and think local citizens deserve better.