Could a MN-like political pragmatism get better broadband for all?

The Alexandria Echo has an interesting theory about how we got stuff done in the last Minnesota Legislative sessions…

Minnesota is the only state in the union with a split Legislature and yet those two bodies were able to set aside their differences, find compromise and accomplish stuff.

One of the things they got done was broadband…

[Governor] Walz also touted a boost in Local Government Aid back to 2002 levels and more funding for rural broadband. Republicans were able to stop paid family and medical leave and quashed any attempt at gun control.

Results were decidedly centrist and, for the most part, without drama.

Wouldn’t it be nice if Congress could accomplish the same?

Marquart called Walz, {Senator] Gazelka and [Rep] Hortman “pragmatists.”

“We want to get the job done and we want to compromise,” [Rep] Marquart said. “That means sometimes you have to give up some of your base’s positions, and that’s leadership.”

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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