Elected officials represent us and should have the power to change laws, not political appointees and bureaucrats. Their job is to provide data and recommendations to legislators and school boards.
Currently, non-elected bureaucrats and appointed boards bypass elected legislators and impose regulations, rules, and standards with the force of law.
Just a few examples.
While GOP state senators threaten to take the rule-making authority from the state regulator on the issue of auto emissions, and the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association sued the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), the MPCA remains confident that they will prevail in imposing the Clean Car Initiative through the rule-making process.
Before 2016, Minnesotans paid less than the national average for electricity. Not now. With the push for more renewable energy, infrastructure investments and high production costs have increased household costs significantly. State regulators, not elected officials, approve the rate hikes.
Academic standards are reviewed on a 10-year cycle. The governor appoints the panel to prepare the draft that goes to the commissioner to recommends its acceptance to an administrative law judge who makes the rule law. School boards determine the curriculum in the school, but the students have to meet state standards for graduation.