Cities would receive more state money next year if legislators approve Governor Mark Dayton’s budget, but after that some could get smaller checks from the Capitol.
Dayton proposes adding $80 million next year to the Local Government Aid (LGA) program that primarily helps Greater Minnesota and urban cities, a 19 percent increase.
Citing rising property taxes, urgent economic development needs and the continued erosion of Local Government Aid funding, city officials from across Greater Minnesota pledged that their communities concerns need to be at top of the legislature’s agenda in 2013.
Reverberations from the November election are still echoing through the Capitol halls, with a Democrat taking over the governor’s office and Republicans taking over the House and Senate, a change that will have big implications for Greater Minnesota cities.
Civic officials across the state are frustrated with how state financial decisions are affecting local budgeting, and with the seeming lack of public outcry about the potential impact on services and taxes.
After a long winter, baseball season is finally here, families are firing up their barbecues, and farmers are in the field. Summer isn’t far away, and neither is the important decision of electing Minnesota’s next governor.
News that Minnesota cities and counties will receive full state aid checks later this month appropriately came on a day when many were sending out snowplows and all were dealing with bitter cold weather as the season’s first major storm whipped through the state.
By Don Davis, State Capitol Bureau
, December 11, 2009
News that Minnesota cities and counties will receive full state aid checks later this month appropriately came on a day when many were sending out snowplows and all were dealing with bitter cold weather as the season's first major storm whipped through the state.
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