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Apply to host the 2020 CGMC Summer Conference!

The CGMC is currently accepting proposals from cities interested in hosting the 2020 CGMC Summer Conference. Since the upcoming 2019 conference will be hosted by the city of Bemidji, we are seeking a  southern or south-central CGMC member city (or group of cities) to host in 2020. This RFP outlines the details involved in being […]

We need your help! Tell lawmakers how the child care shortage impacts your community

This legislative session, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities and the Greater Minnesota Partnership have teamed up to explore ways to address the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota.  The child care crisis is a multi-faceted problem with no easy solution, but we strongly believe there are actions the Legislature and Governor can take to […]

Much work remains as legislative session hits halfway mark

As the mid-point of the legislative session approaches, it is time to take a step back and examine the overall big picture.   The early milestones of session have been reached. Last month, Gov. Walz proposed an ambitious state budget that raises significant revenue and funds increases in his priorities: health care, education and community […]

CGMC bills to boost LGA heard in the House

Local Government Aid (LGA) was the focus of a hearing in the House Local and Property Tax Division on Monday. The CGMC’s two LGA bills, HF 1101 and HF 1102 were on the agenda. Both bills increase the LGA appropriation by $30.5 million and make updates to the formula multipliers. HF 1101 would also peg […]

LGA bills up for hearings next week

The House Property and Local Tax Division will hear a wide range of Local Government Aid bills next Monday and Wednesday. This includes the CGMC’s two LGA bills, HF1101 andHF1102, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. Peter) and Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL-Aurora), respectively. Both bills increase the LGA appropriation by $30.5 million and make updates […]

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CGMC President: Bill allows essential water infrastructure projects to move forward, but additional funding needs remai

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 passage of H.F. 80. The bill includes a provision to convert the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund bonds that were part of the 2018 bonding bill — but have […]

Governor releases nearly $1.3 billion public works plan

Gov. Tim Walz unveiled a $1.27 billion bonding proposal this week. The package of capital improvements includes $350 million for transportation, $300 million for projects at the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State, and $150 million for housing. You can read the full list of proposed projects here.   While various CGMC priorities receive funding […]

Walz budget includes ambitious transportation funding package — What does it mean for cities?

Gov. Walz has talked openly about his intention to propose a comprehensive transportation package that includes a gas tax increase, tab fee increase and other new revenues for transportation. His administration made good on those promises in Tuesday’s budget release by proposing a package that would result in a net increase in funding by more […]