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Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness said his city would have to cut services if it lost state aid, but said that likely would not include laying off police officers. Many local governments claim public safety budgets would be in jeopardy if they lose state aid.

Local governments, including Alexandria, plan for cuts

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ST. PAUL - Minnesota mayors said state budget reductions could result in fewer city services, but some rural elected officials say public safety cuts would be off the table.

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Any reduction in state aid to his city will result in hiring delays and trimmed services, Alexandria Mayor Dan Ness said.

Ness said Alexandria's plan to hire two new police officers already is on hold because of budget uncertainties, but he is not looking to reduce the police force.

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