The Minnesota House Research Department has released a comprehensive history of the Local Government Aid (LGA) program. The program we now know as LGA has its roots in the “Minnesota Miracle” of 1971—a sweeping set of reforms that overhauled how Minnesota funds schools and local governments. Many of those structures are still in place today after numerous tweaks and updates over the years.
 
The House Research Department’s LGA publication traces the history of local government funding from the state back to 1967, before the creation of the modern LGA program, and through multiple iterations and formula changes all the way up to the present day. 
 
The House Research Department is the non-partisan research, analysis, and bill drafting arm of the Minnesota House of Representatives. This history of LGA was authored by Pat Dalton, a long-time legislative analyst and bill drafter for House Research. For decades, Dalton’s institutional knowledge and expertise about LGA and many other local tax issues has been a credit to the state, the House of Representatives, and to the CGMC. Earlier this year, Dalton announced that the 2020 legislative session would be her last. We wish her the best in her retirement.