The LGA bill initiated by the CGMC, HF 685 (authored by Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck), received a hearing in the House Property Tax & Local Government Finance Division on Wednesday. CGMC President and Ely City Councilor Heidi Omerza and CGMC lobbyist Bradley Peterson both testified in support of the bill, along with Patricia Nauman from Metro Cities and Gary Carlson from the League of Minnesota Cities.

Legislators asked some questions at the hearing, but the bill faced no significant criticism and was laid over for possible inclusion in the division’s report to the full House Tax Committee. While this was a positive first hearing, there is still a long way to go before an LGA increase become a reality.

To see an estimate by Minnesota House Research of how much LGA each city would get under the bill, click here.