MNGOP’s Anti-Rybak #21: Hired a Facilitator in 2002

This is a little thin on context:

Rybak Brought In $175 An Hour Facilitator To Help City Council Members Trust One Another. “Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the new City Council sat down for more than three hours Thursday morning in an attempt to ease the lingering bitterness from the previous day’s leadership votes. The meeting focused on trust and on when a person’s word can be relied upon. Rybak brought in facilitator Linda Houden – at $175 an hour – to help council members find ways to work together effectively.” (Rochelle Olson, “Sore feelings on the City Council,” Star Tribune, January 4, 2002)

So, her rate was $175/hr. How many hours did she bill the city for? Was this a good or bad investment? The MN GOP doesn’t say in their talking point, so what is their point?

Remember, this was in Rybak’s first term as mayor, so if it was a big deal it would have earned more prominence during his 2005 and 2009 reelection campaigns.

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