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Alexandria mayor relieved that cities will have more time

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When Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness found out that Governor Tim Pawlenty had, at least for the moment, spared local government aid (LGA) from the chopping block, he was relieved.

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"I was cautiously optimistic and elated," said Ness when contacted by the newspaper on Wednesday, a day after Pawlenty's decision. "I certainly know that down the pike, there will be adjustments to our 2010 LGA but at least now we'll have some time to adjust to it."

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