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Linda Runbeck

Aug 12, 2011

Decade-long LGA erosion recalibrates city budget

In 2002, Minneapolis received $112 million in local government aid from the state. The following year the state’s largest city was slated to receive $118 million but ultimately saw that sum cut to $92 million.

Jul 15, 2011

Shutdown: The end is near

The agreed-upon "framework" is based on an approximately $35.5 billion spending offer GOP leaders presented to Dayton on the eve of the shutdown, which the governor re-presented to them — with added conditions — on Thursday. But there remain many questions about the particulars of the agreement.

Jun 3, 2011

Several DFL legislators defeated in 2010 are getting back in the saddle

For former DFL Sen. Jim Carlson, it was a matter of a little reflection and time to “lick my wounds” before he knew he was ready to run again for the state Senate. Carlson, who served one term in the chamber, was ousted last fall by Republican newcomer Ted Daley as part of a massive GOP wave that saw the party take control of both the House and Senate for the first time in nearly four decades.

May 18, 2011

CGMC turns up heat on LGA cuts

With just days left before the adjournment of the 2011 regular session, eight Chamber of Commerce leaders from greater Minnesota came to the Capitol Monday to blast the Republican Legislature’s budget proposals.

May 13, 2011

Community corporations: A way out for Democrats and Republicans

The Republicans have a problem: In promising to shrink government they assume that private markets will step up and provide all the goods and services — including public goods — that we need.

Apr 22, 2011

JOBZ may be out of work soon

Part of Republican Rep. Linda Runbeck's pitch to voters on the campaign trail last fall concerned the urgent need she saw for business tax relief across the state. Now the House Property Taxes chairwoman from Circle Pines is back at the Legislature after more than a decade away, and she is aiming to get rid of programs that cropped up in her absence that, in her view, conflict with that promise.

Mar 25, 2011

Taxes: Major differences on local aid, tax cuts

When Senate Republican Taxes Chairwoman Julianne Ortman rolled out her omnibus tax package last week, Capitol watchers were struck by the many differences between her strategy and that of her House counterpart, GOP Rep. Greg Davids.

Mar 16, 2011

The suburbs versus the cities

The GOP's proposed overhaul of local government aid has the potential to splinter the state's mayors - and unite the GOP caucus

Feb 18, 2011

LGA fight ratchets up pressure on GOP legislators

During a stop at the Capitol following Gov. Mark Dayton's budget rollout, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak paused to ruminate about one unintended consequence of the budget battles waged through the years by the administration of Gov. Tim Pawlenty. According to Rybak, Pawlenty's habit of taking the unallotment cleaver to local government aid programs built deep bonds between affected city officials ar[...]

Feb 1, 2011

Bondings and its discontents; primary day for Sertich seat

Property taxes now underwrite nearly half of Minneapolis’ spending In 2002, Minneapolis received $112 million in local government aid from the state. The following year the state’s largest city was slated to receive $118 million but ultimately saw that sum cut to $92 million. That commenced a decade-long erosion in support from the state. By ...

Dec 30, 2010

House GOP shapes key committees for budget battle

There were few surprises when the Minnesota House GOP released committee rosters last week. Legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, landed in spots where they've sat before, or - in the case of new lawmakers - where they have accrued relevant experience in their professional and personal lives.

Nov 24, 2010

Meet the freshmen: House GOP, part III

Ranging in age from 24 to 65, new class presents a varied face

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