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Controversial MPCA Chief Sheryl Corrigan: Did she jump, or...?

As a member of a 16-person task force charged with devising a long-term funding solution for clean water initiatives, Sigford helped develop the so-called "Flush Tax" plan. The proposal, which would have generated $80 to $100 million a year by imposing user fees on septic and sewer hookups, was the product of a hard fought compromise between environmental, farm, and business interests. Three years later, Sigford notes, it has yet to be adopted. She's not sure why. "Either because of her [Corrigan's] efforts or because she didn't have the governor's ear, we still have a lot of work to be done," Sigford says. "I hope that will be prominent in the mind of the next commissioner."

Stop us if you've heard this one: Departing MPCA head Sheryl Corrigan wanted to spend more time with her family
Courtesy of MPCA
Stop us if you've heard this one: Departing MPCA head Sheryl Corrigan wanted to spend more time with her family

For his part, State Senator Marty has another hope for Corrigan's successor: that he or she not come to the job from the other side of the table. "There are probably 4.9 million people in Minnesota who don't work for a regulated industry," Marty says. "You'd think the governor could pick someone from that group."

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