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News Release – CGMC city leaders to Legislature: State must take action on clean water funding crisis

For Immediate ReleaseApril 11, 2018Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.comPDF version CGMC city leaders to Legislature: State must take action on clean water funding crisisHigh infrastructure costs could cripple rural communities unless state steps in ST. PAUL—With cities across the state facing billions of dollars in costs to upgrade wastewater infrastructure to replace aging equipment and comply […]

CGMC to hold press conference to call on Legislature to beef up state’s role in tackling clean water funding crisis

News AdvisoryCoalition of Greater Minnesota CitiesContact: Julie Liewjlliew@flaherty-hood.com651-259-1917As cities across Minnesota face billions of dollars in wastewater infrastructure costs, rural communities simply cannot afford to upgrade or rebuild aging facilities without additional financial assistance from the state Who:  Kelly Rasche, Lakefield city clerk; Chad Adams, Albert Lea city manager; Mark Larson, Glencoe city administrator; Bradley […]

ACTION ALERT – LGA is under attack this week in the House!

Members of the House of Representatives are advancing a bill that would penalize cities that receive LGA and also collect a Local Option Sales Tax. HF 3830, chief authored by Rep. Cal Bahr (R-East Bethel), would reduce a city’s LGA by the amount of funds that it collects under a Local Option Sales Tax approved […]

Calm before the storm?

With the Legislature on break this week, things are a little quiet in St. Paul. Nonetheless, when the legislators return Monday they will face a torrent of issues and decisions before the Legislature adjourns in mid-May.   Among the tasks for the Legislature and Governor: dealing with changes to Minnesota’s tax system in response to […]

Apply to host the 2019 CGMC Summer Conference!

The CGMC is currently accepting proposals from cities interested in hosting the 2019 CGMC Summer Conference. Since this year’s conference will be jointly hosted by Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter, we are seeking a northern or north-central CGMC member city (or group of cities) to host in 2019. This RFP outlines the details involved […]

Bills seek to reduce LGA

Two recently introduced bills seek to reduce – or eliminate – Local Government Aid (LGA) based on sales tax revenue. The first, HF 3830 (authored by Rep. Cal Bahr, R-East Bethel) reduces a city’s LGA over time based on their local sales tax. As cities know, local option sales taxes are not a substitute for […]

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CGMC Board meets with gubernatorial candidate (Round 4)

The CGMC Board of Directors met with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Congressman Tim Walz on March 15, the fourth 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; Keith Downey, Rebecca Otto and Paul Thissen in December and Matt Dean, […]