Gov. Mark Dayton was mum on specifics regarding his upcoming budget during his State of the State address. And that's in keeping with the word around Capitol halls.Read More »
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First GOP cuts package hits LGA hard
On Tuesday Republican legislative leaders unveiled roughly $1 billion in spending reductions as the first part of their plan to solve the state's $6.2 billion budget deficit. The biggest cut: $286 million in projected spending on aid to counties and municipalities across the state.Read More »
Conference committee girds for battle over local sales taxes
The two chairs of the House and Senate taxes committees are heading for a philosophical showdown this evening on local sales tax policy.Read More »
Major players reluctant to join unallotment fray
Whether Pawlenty overstepped his authority or not, Minnesota's still facing an additional $1.2 billion deficit in the current budget cycle.
This means that many interest groups that might have challenged the governor's budgetary authority are reticent about getting involved in litigation.
Will unallotment ruling spur additional lawsuits?
At first glance, last week's unallotment ruling by Ramsey County District Court Judge Kathleen Gearin's would seem to have a limited impact: restoring $5.3 million in funding for a nutrition program that assists poor people. But the judge's broader determination -- that Gov. Tim Pawlenty overstepped his legal authority by unilaterally closing a $2.7 billion budget gap last year -- could have far-ranging fiscal ramifications and instigate additional litigation.Read More »
Local governments balk at passing on cost of cuts
Local governments across Minnesota dodged a bullet earlier this week when Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced he wouldn't apply unilateral cuts to the $400 million in aid payments the state is due to issue later this month. But here's an interesting footnote to the fiscal crises faced by cities and counties: Many local units of government are declining to take full advantage of their levy powers to make up cuts in state aid.Read More »
Spending Accountability Amendment has its first day at the Capitol
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposal to limit state spending to revenues received in the previous biennium was the talk of the Capitol December 7. Here are some pictures from today's rally and Senate Taxes committee hearing.Read More »
Einess: Decision on December unallotments to come this week
PIM caught up with Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Ward Einess outside this morning's Senate Taxes Committee hearing, and he confirmed that the Pawlenty administration will make up its mind about possible unilateral budget cuts to local government aid programs "before the end of this week."Read More »
Unallotment preview: LGA cuts expected to create near-impossible property tax bind for many cities
The unallotment cuts that Gov. Tim Pawlenty (pictured) will announce later today are likely to fall hardest on aid to local units of government, which ...Read More »
Lobbyists feeling the heat
For lobbyists, the frenzy of influencing lawmakers at the end of the session isn’t exactly a prescription for a healthy lifestyle. “It’s the worst time ...Read More »