Down from the lede in Heather Carlson's Local governments spent more on lobbying in 2016 at the Rochester Post Bulletin, we read this copy:
Olmsted County spends less on lobbying
Olmsted County spent more than $84,000 on lobbying last year. That is a drop from previous years. In 2014, Olmsted County spent nearly $145,000. In 2015, the county spent nearly $92,000.
Olmsted County Administrator Richard Devlin said one reason the county's lobbying bills have dropped is that the county is no longer lobbying in support of a proposed high-speed rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities at the Capitol. Last year, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced it suspending work on the proposed Zip Rail line due to a lack of money and political support. The county had also spent money in the past lobbying for road and bridge funding.
As for the North American High Speed Rail Group (or Minnesota Corridor "Actualizing the Twin Cities to Rochester Connection"), it hasn't enjoyed a registered lobbyist since November 2, 2016.
For more recent news on what's Zombie Ziprail, whatever name you give it, check out With DC congressional vote on World's Fair, Zombie Ziprail walks once more in Minnesota.
Photo: Protest signs like this are unlikely to go away soon.
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