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Local Government Aid

Jul 30, 2013

Dayton: Local property taxes will dip by $120 million

Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators today took credit for a projected $121 million decline in property taxes for 2014. Republicans, however, flatly denied that the local property tax reductions will happen and Dayton conceded that only local elected officials, not state lawmakers, can reduce property taxes with the increased aid they get from the state.

Jul 5, 2013

Where are they now? Class of ’10 edition

Catching up with four former GOP legislators.

Apr 26, 2013

House passes tax omnibus with income, sin taxes

After a steady flow of budget bills on the House floor that appropriate general fund money for the 2014-2015 budget period, the House on Wednesday night passed the tax bill intended to pay for the spending.

Apr 9, 2013

Senate mulls LGA changes for tax reform bill

Some significant bills that deal with local government aid (LGA) to cities are in the mix for consideration in the omnibus bill in the Senate Tax Reform Division.

Jul 20, 2011

Shutdown’s End: Final negotiations involved tussles over where policy meets spending

After the framework of a budget deal was announced last Thursday, commissioners, chairs and fiscal staff members went to work, turning the still-closed Capitol into a hive of private meetings on each bill, featuring shuttle diplomacy visits from the leadership as needed.

Jul 14, 2011

Auditor’s report: Local gov’t spent $8m on lobbying in 2010

Despite the sizable amounts spent last year, nearly every measure of local government lobbying showed a decrease from 2009 to 2010.

May 27, 2011

Dayton veto letters rile GOP Legislature

Republicans who received the veto letters say they strike a tone of anything but compromise.

May 27, 2011

Minnesota’s budget fight heads to Main Street

For five months DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the GOP-controlled Legislature sparred at the Capitol over how to eliminate the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. But with the legislative session concluded and no end to the budget impasse in sight, the debate will now move beyond St. Paul as legislators face constituents in their home districts.

May 16, 2011

Outstate chamber leaders blast LGA cuts in GOP budget bills

Greater Minnesota business leaders took to the Capitol Monday to protest proposed cuts to local government aid (LGA) in the Republican budget bills.

Mar 23, 2011

House K-12 budget draws fire from metro legislators

Many Republican candidates from greater Minnesota have hammered constantly on what they called school funding inequities that favored districts in the Twin Cities metro area. But Democrats and urban school advocates are outraged.

Mar 23, 2011

Minnesota’s budget battle starts in earnest

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said that it is a "fantasy island" scenario for Republicans to believe that the state will receive a waiver from the federal government in time for the start of the next biennium in July.

Feb 21, 2011

Koch: Lobbyist tried to mislead legislators

GOP Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch is asking the Minnesota Government Relations Council (MGRC) to investigate Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities lobbyist J.D. Burton, saying he asked Redwood Falls city officials to "falsify information to members of the Legislature."

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