Hauling trash costs money, which has to come from somewhere.
* “Mayor R.T. Rybak has urged the council to raise the solid waste fee by $1 per month next year. That’s the first increase since 2006 and would raise the fee to $21 monthly. It covers services ranging from trash disposal to graffiti removal.” (Steve Brandt, “Stop lawsuits or lose Minneapolis business, trash haulers told,” Star Tribune, October 21, 2008)
Again, the MN GOP is citing a proposal rather than an increase itself to suggest that Rybak is some sort of spendthrift.
Is it surprising to the MN GOP to find out that the cost of hauling trash goes up over time?
Interestingly, a quick look at the bureau of labor statistics website shows that $21 in 2008 dollars converts to $19.66 in 2006 dollars, so increasing the fees for trash hauling by 5% after two years doesn’t seem to keep up with inflation. You’d think the MN GOP would be praising someone who’s found a way to pay people less while paying them more.