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Apply to host the 2018 CGMC Summer Conference

The CGMC is currently accepting proposals from cities interested in hosting the 2018 CGMC Summer Conference. Since this year’s conference will be in Fergus Falls, we are seeking a southern or south-central Minnesota city (or group of cities) to host in 2018. This RFP outlines the details involved in being the host city, as well […]

No LGA increase in House tax bill

The House Tax Committee introduced its omnibus tax bill on Wednesday. Despite including roughly $1.35 billion in tax cuts, the bill (HF 4, authored by Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston), does not include any increase to Local Government Aid (LGA). CGMC lobbyist Bradley Peterson testified in front of both the House Property Tax Division and the […]

House Property Tax Committee hears LGA bills

HF 672, the CGMC-backed bill to finally return the LGA appropriation to its 2002-funding level, was heard in the House Property Tax Division on Monday. The bill’s author, Rep. Paul Anderson (R-Starbuck), spoke out strongly for the need for LGA in Greater Minnesota communities. Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson testified in support of the bill, noting […]

ACTION ALERT – Bill to fund city streets needs hearing!

Contact Transportation Committee chairs and urge them to hold hearings on SF 1358/HF 1550 – a bill to fund city streets As cities continue to fall behind on the maintenance and repairs of their streets, it is crucial that any transportation bill the Legislature passes in 2017 includes funding for city streets! The CGMC has […]

CGMC President: Massive budget surplus means Legislature, Governor have ‘no excuses’ to not pass $45.5M LGA increase

For Immediate Release: Feb. 28, 2017 Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com Below is statement from CGMC President and Alexandria Mayor Sara Carlson regarding this morning’s announcement that the state’s budget surplus has increased to $1.65 billion. “With this new budget forecast, the Legislature and Governor have no excuses for not passing a $45.5 million increase in […]

LGA bills to get first hearing on Tuesday

Tuesday morning will see the first significant discussion of LGA as the Senate Tax Committee takes up a host of bills on the topic. Most significantly, the committee is hearing SF 476, the CGMC-sponsored bill to increase the LGA appropriation by $45.5 million to get back to the 2002 level. We are very grateful to […]

Legislators introduce bills to fund Corridors of Commerce

The CGMC supports Corridors of Commerce as a financing program for highway expansion projects. It is MnDOT’s policy to dedicate half of Corridors of Commerce funding to Greater Minnesota and half to the metro area. Last week, the House Transportation Committee took a detailed look at MnDOT’s selection process, including a Legislative Auditor report which […]

Environmental judicial review bill advances in Senate

The CGMC-supported environmental regulatory reform bill, SF 695 (authored by Sen. Scott Newman, R-Hutchinson), was heard Monday in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance Committee. The bill addresses concerns that current law that gives too much deference to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) without allowing for valid objections to water quality […]