Below is statement from CGMC President and Le Sueur Mayor Robert Broeder on the passage of the tax bill, which includes a $20 million increase for Local Government Aid. A printable, PDF version of this press statement is available here.

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2016
Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com

CGMC President: LGA boost in tax bill will strengthen Greater Minnesota cities
Renewed support for LGA sends clear signal that the program remains vital to rural communities

“LGA is the cornerstone of a strong rural city. With this funding increase, the Legislature has proven that LGA remains a critical program for Greater Minnesota communities. Although it falls short of our goal to bring LGA funding back to its 2002 level, we are pleased lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were able to come to an agreement to boost LGA.

We have to applaud the Senate for leading the charge for the funding increase. They have shown leadership on this issue since last session and have not wavered in their support for LGA and Greater Minnesota cities. The road was much steeper in the House, but we are glad rural House members listened to their constituents and ultimately came around to supporting LGA as well.

Mayors and city officials from across Greater Minnesota have worked extremely hard over the last several months to help legislators understand why additional LGA funding is needed to help restrain property taxes and provide the services our residents need and want. We are happy our efforts produced positive results.”

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The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing 88 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota. Visit the CGMC online at greatermncities.org.