The ongoing budget stalemate is receiving extensive coverage in the news media and opinion pages.  Several of these papers highlight the importance of cities and local government aid.  Others emphasize the need for a balanced budget solution that includes revenue. Here are a few of the recent articles:

  • The Mankato Free Press urges legislators not to ignore the important role that cities play in the overall well-being of the state.
  • The Rochester Post-Bulletin highlighted that the numbers GOP legislators are using to support the all cuts budget plan ignore federal stimulus funds and the education shift that assisted the state with its budget problems last biennium.
  • The New Ulm Journal and the Star Tribune both pointed out that “No New Taxes” refers only to sales and income taxes, and ignores the impact the state budget has on property taxes.
  • The Winona Daily News issued a strongly worded opinion piece declaring that the GOP’s budget solution is worthless.
  • The Fergus Falls Journal urges the GOP to give a little on the revenue issue.
  • The St. Cloud Times urges a mixture of cuts and a two year tax increase to solve the budget problem.
  • The Albert Lea Tribune reminds lawmakers that LGA is of the utmost importance.