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Join city leaders from across the state at CGMC’s Legislative Action Day

Registration is now open for the CGMC’s Legislative Action Day 2019! Our annual “day at the Capitol” event will be held Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in St. Paul. Legislative Action Day is always a great opportunity to build connections between local officials and legislators and advocate for the priorities of Greater Minnesota cities. To attend, […]

CGMC President: Strong budget surplus gives Walz, legislators opportunity to boost LGA

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com Below is statement from CGMC President and Bemidji City Council Member Ron Johnson regarding today’s announcement that Minnesota’s budget surplus has increased to $1.5 billion: “With the state clearly on solid financial footing, I’m hopeful that Governor-elect Walz and the new Legislature will seize this opportunity to strengthen […]

Minnesota House and Senate restructure, name committee chairs

Before sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner last week, the new Minnesota House DFL majority announced its committees and chairs for the 2019 legislative session. Most notable for CGMC priorities is that Rep. Paul Marquart (DFL-Dilworth), a longtime advocate for the Local Government Aid program, will serve as chair of the House Tax Committee. The DFL […]

CGMC Fall Conference sees record attendance for second year in a row

Thank you to everyone who attended the CGMC Fall Conference last week at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center. More than 100 city leaders representing 50 cities attended the conference — setting an attendance record for the second straight year! The conference kicked off Thursday afternoon with a presentation by Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron […]

With first Greater Minnesota governor in decades, city leaders see major opportunity with Walz Administration

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com PDF version With first Greater Minnesota governor in decades, city leaders see major opportunity with Walz Administration ALEXANDRIA, MINN.—For the first time in more than three decades, Minnesotans have elected a governor who resides in Greater Minnesota. With Governor-elect Tim Walz’s outstate roots and campaign-trail focus on uniting […]

Election 2018: Walz wins, House flips, Senate stays the same

For the first time since Governor Rudy Perpich (1976-79, 1983-91), Minnesota’s executive branch will be led by a governor from Greater Minnesota. With 54 percent of the vote, Tim Walz bested Jeff Johnson to win the governor’s race. Governor-elect Walz, who lives in Mankato, campaigned heavily under the motto “One Minnesota,” which focused on building […]

Election 2018: Key races to watch on election night

With Election Day coming up on Tuesday, we want to give you a few of things to watch for as you digest the results. With an open seat for governor, a special election in the State Senate, and several competitive races in the Minnesota House, there are a number of plausible scenarios for the distribution […]

Minnesota’s infrastructure gets a ‘C’ from civil engineers group

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released a report card on Minnesota’s infrastructure this week, and it’s not one we’ll want to take home and display on the refrigerator. Overall, Minnesota’s infrastructure received a “C” grade from the group, with grades in the nine individual categories ranging from a “B” in aviation to a […]

Lawsuit puts water infrastructure funding in jeopardy

During the last legislative session, the Legislature funded $98 million worth of projects in the bonding bill through a new type of revenue bond to be paid back using the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF). The projects funded using these bonds includes $38.3 million for the Point Source Implementation Grant Program (PSIG), $14.6 […]

Register for the CGMC Fall Conference!

Registration is now open for the CGMC Fall Conference! The conference will be held Nov.15-16, 2018 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria and will feature presentations, discussions and speakers on a number of important topics. The packed agenda includes: Luncheon presentation by Myron Frans, commissioner of Minnesota Management and Budget Keynote dinner featuring […]