New System Makes Minneapolis Government More Accessible To You

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Local government has a lot of power to make changes in Minneapolis. In the past year the city has raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour for businesses operating in Minneapolis, raised the age people can buy tobacco to 21 and raised property taxes to rebuild city streets.

So how do you track what’s going on in Minneapolis government? And more importantly, how do you participate so government officials listen to you? The city has launched a new website for that. The Legislative Information Management System (LIMS).tracks committee and council actions, provides meeting calendars, links to meeting agendas and videos, and allows users to create custom reports through advanced search functionality.

At a recent League of Women Voters Civic Buzz, Minneapolis City Clerk Casey Carl explained how the new system provides the public with easy access to legislative action taking place in the City of Minneapolis. Casey says his job is to “make government accessible to the people”. In a recent article in the Northeaster Newspaper, he said, “I’ve got the best job in the city!”

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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