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March 24, 2016
MINNESOTA OPINION: Invest in LGA for all Minnesota
Here’s why Minnesota House Republicans should support proposals to boost Local Government Aid: Because LGA works. It does just what it’s supposed to do: help Minnesota towns from the Arrowhead region to the southwest maintain professional police departments, pleasant parks and...
March 24, 2016 - 12:40am
February 17, 2016
Editorial: It is time to invest in LGA for rural Minnesota
One of the top issues for rural Minnesota in the 2016 Legislature will be the issue of Local Government Aid. There likely will be a showdown on the LGA issue between Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL-controlled Senate versus the Republican-controlled House. With a projected $1.2 billion...
February 17, 2016 - 6:00am
January 5, 2016
Minnesota Opinion: Legislature must make LGA a top priority in ‘16
Voters are sure to hear a lot about Local Government Aid during Minnesota’s next legislative session, which convenes March 8.
January 5, 2016 - 4:00am
April 29, 2015
Minnesota Opinion: End political games, nonsense over LGA
From Forum News Service A recent editorial in a Minnesota newspaper. End political games, nonsense over LGA A year ago the Minnesota Legislature invested significant time and energy into reforming local government aid, including the formulas that determine how much communities...
April 29, 2015 - 4:00am
August 5, 2013
Increased local government aid vital to government partnerships
WILLMAR --EMDASH-- When a house or barn catches fire in a rural community, property owners expect fire trucks to come screaming down the road....
August 5, 2013 - 11:25pm
April 25, 2013
Editorial: LGA plan is good deal for rural Minn.
After a decade of inconsistent policy and budget cuts, Minnesota’s local government aid may get a long needed fix under a new compromise this year. The LGA program assists cities with low property tax wealth and/or greater needs to provide necessary services for economic...
April 25, 2013 - 12:00am
Governor’s budget would have impact on greater Minn., rural communities
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton says his budget plan favors greater Minnesota, but rural legislators are not so sure. The Democratic governor said property tax relief like he proposes is most needed by rural Minnesotans, where the tax has soared in recent years. On top of that, few...
January 25, 2013 - 10:52pm
December 18, 2012
Coalition pushing need for LGA
WILLMAR — The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is asking mayors and elected officials around the state to tell Gov. Mark Dayton about...
December 18, 2012 - 11:19pm
February 10, 2011
Commentary: Time to reform LGA?plan in the state of Minnesota
The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce has been a Minnesota Chamber Federation member since its inception in 2005 and proudly so. I think it is one of the reasons our local chamber is well respected. Our residents and local units of government see the local chamber as the representative...
February 10, 2011 - 12:00am
February 8, 2011
Commentary: Outstate cities are harmed by LGA?cuts
There is an interesting divide emerging between the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and some local chambers. Last week, the state chamber publicly took local chambers in greater Minnesota to task for signing, or even considering signing, a resolution supporting the Local Government...
February 8, 2011 - 12:00am
December 28, 2010
Mayors optimistic, but they worry deficit could hurt local aid
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Jesse Ventura's finance commissioner once famously announced that the state had "a boatload of money." The big debate then was who got the most new money. Since then, state finance officials have looked under every financial cushion for all the spare change they...
December 28, 2010 - 12:00am
May 5, 2010
Pawlenty wants more local aid, health cuts; gov. is critical of DFL-controlled Legislature
ST. PAUL -- Gov.
May 5, 2010 - 12:00am
March 1, 2010
Mid-sized cities holding off worst cuts as aid drops
FARIBAULT -- The little things went first: a few children's library programs and ice for the outdoor skating rinks. But police officers and firefighters...
March 1, 2010 - 12:00am
February 22, 2010
Some small communities 'thunderstruck' about possible LGA reductions
NEW LONDON -- The New London City Council has already reduced its police coverage to help make up for the $51,241 in local government aid Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut from the city's 2010 budget. If the governor's proposal to take another $57,539 away from the city this year is approved,...
February 22, 2010 - 12:00am
July 8, 2009
Montevideo City Council reaches agreement to acquire clay site to updgrade levee system
MONTEVIDEO -- City Council members in Montevideo reached an agreement to assure a large supply of clay for an estimated $10.3 million project to upgrade the city's levee system. Council members at the meeting Monday approved an agreement with landowner Arthur Starbeck. It will allow...
July 8, 2009 - 12:00am