Letter: How to help local control
In his June 13 column “Under the Dome,” Bob Rankin makes the case for local control. Since he has a passion for the issue, I would suggest the follow topics for action. In 2005, at the urging of broadband providers, the Legislature passed a law pre-empting local governments from providing broadband access to their communities. Such an act is like saying communities cannot provide water service without going through an election process. Mr. Rankin, tear down that wall.
The Legislature also previously passed a law against local governments adopting a minimum wage for their community, another affront to local control. The Legislature blocked local communities’ right to practice rent control, thus removing a possible tool from the toolbox of those dealing with affordability. Bob, you can act on your belief by leading an effort to overturn these impediments to local control in dealing with working-class issues.
And finally, the Legislature can make it clear that local authorities should have the right to regulate fracking within their jurisdictions.
State Rep. Rankin deserves credit for his communication skills and ongoing outreach. Whether one agrees with his policy positions or not, he has shown an ongoing commitment to reach out and talk with local governments. Hopefully his agenda can more closely align with the policy philosophy.
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