Astonishingly, this is the first time since taking office Mayor Carter has warned of tax increases, though while in office the taxes in St Paul have risen nearly 30 percent, he usually just makes it happen.
Warning of higher taxes and new (well, old) trash hauling freedoms and personal choice on the line, the only true way to atone this grave mistake of local government is to pay for it by giving out our private data to large corporations.
Perhaps, the city tracks our data through dumpster and electronic chips within them, the data is there currently–and probably already collecting valuable information on each resident of St Paul. This data is of HUGE value to retailers and profiteers, maybe multiple millions.
Our private information could be sold to pay off the $27 million mistake made by Carter and Co., making new taxes unnecessary and saving the city council and mayor countenance while appeasing their constituents.
It’s time to do what other big data companies like Facebook, the DMV, Twitter and Google are all doing: profiting off our personal data. It’s 2019 and the resources and technologies are there already.
The government of the city of St Paul has all that it needs to start benefiting off of its great idea of running trash, why wait? Moreover, profits could also supplement a citywide health care for all program.
Save the tax dollars and put them to our depleted roads and bridges. It’s time to sell the citizens data to pay for your immaculate ideology.
08/22/2019—St Paul, MN: “On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in favor of the citizens of St. Paul. The Court’s ruling means that the residents of St. Paul are entitled to vote on the City’s new trash plan ordinance 18-39.” -St Paul Trash Newsletter
ST PAUL, MN — The recent rollout of citywide government operated garbage collection program smacks of potential unconstitutionality, offering a single service provider, infringing upon freedom of speech of its citizens while operating, potentially, as a monopoly.
Some residents have said they enjoy the varying size options on containers, offered with previous providers: small, medium, and large, respectively, though, with winter being overly extreme because of global climate warming change, the service quality has been lackluster from the new service provider.
Had a citizen had their first amendment rights fully intact, they could choose from better quality providers, instead of just one, and be able to use their voice to vote with their dollar. Furthermore, a diverse provider option could provide service for those who choose to opt-out in attempt to promote a zero-waste option.
Certain things are a waste of time, reading the US Constitution is not one of those things. Citizens reserve the right under the Constitution to voice their free speech, even in selecting and employing a garbage service provider. The first amendment has jurisdiction throughout all of America, for all citizens, even regarding our trash and who takes it.