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Governor’s bonding plan recognizes cities’ struggle to pay for much-needed water infrastructure upgrades

Below is statement from CGMC President and Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski regarding Gov. Dayton’s $1.5 billion public works proposal, which was unveiled this morning. A PDF version of this statement is available here. “It is promising to see that Governor Dayton’s bonding proposal includes $167 million for clean water infrastructure programs. Clean water is […]

CGMC Board meets with gubernatorial candidates (Round 3)

The CGMC Board of Directors met with Republican gubernatorial candidates Rep. Matt Dean, Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens and Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson on Wednesday, the third in a series of meetings with candidates running for governor. The board previously met with candidates Chris Coleman, Tina Liebling and Erin Murphy in November and with […]

CGMC membership fees due Feb. 1

Thank you to all of the cities who have renewed their CGMC membership for 2018! For those who have not yet paid your membership assessment, please note that payment is due by Feb. 1. Your city should be have received an invoice in the mail, but if you did not receive it or would like […]

ACTION ALERT – Don’t let MnDOT divert money away from Greater Minnesota highways!

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is currently designing the project selection process it will use to direct the spending of $400 million in bonding and cash that the 2017 Legislature appropriated to the Corridors of Commerce program. Since it was created in 2013, Corridors of Commerce funding has been split 50-50 between Greater Minnesota […]

CGMC board meets with gubernatorial candidates (Round 2)

The CGMC Board of Directors met with gubernatorial candidates Keith Downey, Rebecca Otto and Paul Thissen on Wednesday, the second in a series of meetings with candidates running for governor. As we mentioned in last week’s CGMC in Brief, three candidates met with the board before the CGMC Fall Conference in November (read about those […]

November budget forecast shows deficit ‒ and uncertainty

The November budget forecast released this week by Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) shows a small deficit in the current biennium ($188 million for FY 2018-19) and a larger deficit for the following biennium ($586 million for FY 2020-21). In addition, MMB does not include the cost of inflation in its long-term forecasts; it estimates […]

Draft Impaired Waters List open for comment

The MPCA has opened the Draft Impaired Waters list for comment. Every two years, the MPCA updates this list which identifies the waters that do not meet Minnesota’s water quality standards. The list guides where the MPCA will be developing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans. If your wastewater facility discharges upstream of an impaired water, this increases […]

GOP gubernatorial candidates bash LGA at forum

At a Republican gubernatorial candidate forum held in Marshall on Monday, the four participating GOP candidates were asked whether, if elected Governor, they would propose cuts to the Local Government Aid (LGA) program. To the CGMC’s dismay, each of the candidates on the panel either said they would cut funding for LGA or perpetuated misconceptions […]