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4 May ‘11

Greater MN Advocate, 5/4/11

2011-05-04T14:47:41-05:00May 4th, 2011|Categories: Greater Minnesota Advocate, LGA|

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman joined New Ulm Mayor Robert Buessman, North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehan, and Mankato City Council member Mike Laven in Mankato to highlight the importance of LGA to southern Minnesota and the whole state.

12 Apr ‘11

Greater Minnesota Advocate, 4/12/11

2011-04-12T08:56:20-05:00April 12th, 2011|Categories: Greater Minnesota Advocate, LGA|

When the state is facing a huge budget deficit, money-saving ideas that reduce redundancy in services and reduce and transform government should be welcomed with open arms. Some have looked to changes in Local Government Aid to deliver such reform.

5 Apr ‘11

Greater Minnesota Advocate, 4/5/2011

2011-04-05T15:45:05-05:00April 5th, 2011|Categories: Environment, Greater Minnesota Advocate, LGA, Property Taxes|

In 1971, the Minnesota legislature created the "Minnesota Miracle," a package of tax increases that funded local government aid, state aid to schools and other state aids. At the same time, new or increased local sales taxes were prohibited unless specifically authorized by the state legislature. As state aid to cities has decreased, the pressure to allow cities to use local sales taxes as an alternative to property taxes has increased sharply.

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