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Gearing up for a great conference in Fergus Falls!

The annual CGMC Summer Conference will be held Aug. 2-4, 2017 at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls. During the three-day conference attendees will: Find out how the results of the 2017 legislative session will impact your community Hear legislators’ insights about the ever-evolving relationship between state and local governments See how rural communities […]

Session finally ends, but the games continue

On Tuesday, Gov. Dayton announced he would sign all of the budget bills passed by the Legislature, as well as the bonding and tax bills. Nonetheless, significant controversy continues. Here’s a play-by-play of the final days of the special session, including the CGMC perspective on what may come: Special session marked by frustration Before the […]

ACTION ALERT: Contact Governor, legislative leaders by 3 p.m. TODAY to fight for LGA!

Last night’s legislative deadline sailed by without action on several key bills, including the tax bill (which includes Local Government Aid funding). Governor Dayton immediately called a special session at 12:01 a.m. this morning, which means legislators are continuing their work to pass budget bills. There is still hope for an LGA increase, but we […]

CGMC Bonding Update

One week from today is the constitutional deadline for the state Legislature to wrap up its regular session, so you can expect a lot of movement this week on a number of CGMC proposals. For starters, the House is prepared to increase the amount of its bonding proposal from $600 million to $800 million through […]

NEWS RELEASE: Greater Minnesota city leaders demand results from 2017 legislative session

For Immediate Release: May 11, 2017 Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com A PDF version of this press release is available here. ST. PAUL—With the session deadline looming and little progress thus far on key legislative priorities for rural communities, Greater Minnesota city leaders held a press conference today to caution legislators against repeating last year’s failures […]

Greater Minnesota city leaders to hold news conference to urge productive end of session

News Advisory Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Contact: Julie Liew jlliew@flaherty-hood.com 651-259-1917 Rural voters sent a loud message last fall that they felt left out and left behind. State legislators should be deeply concerned about the lack of progress on rural priorities. Who: Sara Carlson, Mayor of Alexandria and CGMC President; Dave Smiglewski, Mayor of Granite […]

NEWS RELEASE: Paltry LGA funding upsets Greater Minnesota leaders

For Immediate Release: May 4, 2017 Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com A PDF version of this press release is available here. ST. PAUL—City leaders in Greater Minnesota are voicing frustration with their legislators this week after the Tax Conference Committee unveiled a tax bill proposal that fails to adequately invest in rural communities. The tax plan, […]