The Twin Cities Met Council: A Comparative Assessment

Proponents of the Met Council assert that its unique governance structure (100% appointed), provides the MSP region with advantages over the rest of the nation’s regional bodies, including better planning and better growth.

Critics of the Met Council charge that the governance structure creates credibility problems due to a lack of transparency and accountability to the municipal officials elected by voters in the region. These credibility problems have in turn led to a complicated web of organizations (e.g. CTIB, TAB et al) that attempt to bring elected officials into the decision-making process. Critics further charge that the Council’s scope of authority greatly exceeds that of other regional bodies, yet its performance is not exceptional.

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