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Legislative session heading into overtime

After blowing past their own self-imposed deadlines, Governor Walz and legislative leaders House Speaker Melissa Hortman and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka finally reached an agreement on the state budget Sunday evening. See their signed agreement. Although Monday was the final day of the regular session — per the State Constitution — a special session […]

News release: Lawmakers must pass LGA increase in order for session to be considered a success for Greater Minnesota

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com PDF version Below is a statement from CGMC President and Bemidji City Council Member Ron Johnson on the state budget agreement: “I’m pleased to see that the Governor and legislative leaders have come to a bipartisan agreement on the state budget. As lawmakers continue to hammer out the […]

Keep the pressure on!

Negotiations at the Capitol may be going at a snail’s pace (see next article for an update). In fact, with just days remaining in the legislative session, it is more important than ever that city officials speak up on key CGMC legislative issues like Local Government Aid (LGA), child care, clean water infrastructure and transportation. […]

We need you! Join us for a ‘final push’ lobby day & ice cream social

With just less than three weeks left in the legislative session, it is vital that we work together to keep legislators focused on Greater Minnesota priorities such as Local Government Aid (LGA), child care, clean water infrastructure and transportation. To help advocate for these and other issues, we encourage all Greater Minnesota city leaders to […]

Promote your business or organization at the CGMC Summer Conference!

Promote your business or organization by being an exhibitor at the CGMC Summer Conference!The CGMC is an advocacy organization representing 97 cities outside the metro area. Our upcoming annual summer conference will be held July 24-26 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minn. More than 100 mayors, city council members, administrators and other community leaders […]

CGMC President: Senate tax bill fails Greater Minnesota cities

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com PDF version Below is a statement from CGMC President and Bemidji City Council Member Ron Johnson on the Senate tax bill, which fails to include any additional funding for Local Government Aid (LGA): “A $30.5 million increase in Local Government Aid is our organization’s highest priority, yet the […]