"Obama can learn from Burnsville mayor"

The Obama administration has "an enormous amount to learn from Elizabeth Kautz," says Harry Boyte in a Feb. 26 Star Tribune article about the Burnsville, Minn., mayor and current vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

1kautz0227.jpg Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz speaks with President Obama at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. (Photo: David Hathcox, White House)

Boyte met Kautz in 1994 when he was addressing a conference of city leaders, advocating that they involve the citizens in solving issues rather than have the government continue to be the "expert" that fixes problems. Kautz, a Republican, stood and told Boyte of her work in Burnsville and invited him to come see. He did.

"It's all about people and helping them," Kautz says in the Star Tribune piece. "It's creating a new environment where people will be nourished and their lives are enriched and the children find opportunities. And, at the same time, keeping our costs low, keeping our taxes down -- but bringing people together to work towards a common good."

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Interesting piece, I had not heard of Kautz before. But I agree with her philosophy.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs