CGMC Executive Director Tim Flaherty released the following statement to the press regarding Governor Pawlenty’s plan to cut LGA deeper than his original proposal based on the fear that FMAP funding will not be delivered to the state before the session’s adjournment:

For the governor to propose yet another cut to cities shows once again that he does not care about higher property taxes and cuts to police, fire, street maintenance and critical services. 

This is an opportunity for state elected officials, and gubernatorial candidates Tom Emmer and Margaret Anderson Kelliher, to show rural voters where they stand.  Will they support Governor Pawlenty’s plan that will result in higher property taxes and deeper cuts to rural communities, or will they work for a balanced solution that will protect property taxpayers, rural police and firefighters, and critical local services?