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Alan Oberloh and Bruce Ahlgren, Worthington, Minn., column: State cuts mean local tax hikes, period

October 10, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Greater Minnesota cities are cutting their budgets drastically, and many are struggling to provide basic core services such as police and fire protection and road safety measures. Continue Reading

Call it like it is: Property taxes going up because of state cuts

October 6, 2011 in Duluth News Tribune

Together we can and must repair the once-trusted partnership between state and local governments. Let’s start with some honesty: Property tax increases are a result of massive state cuts in property tax relief aids and credits to cities. Continue Reading

Phil Krinkie, St. Paul, column: Retire the Blame Game on property taxes

October 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

No matter what you call it or how you redistribute state tax dollars to local governments, property tax relief programs reduce transparency and accountability for local government spending. Continue Reading

East Grand Forks doing well despite economic impact of shutdown

July 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The city of East Grand Forks may be losing some money because its state campground is closed, but it’s way ahead in the government shutdown economics game. Continue Reading

Dayton speaks to local municipalities as bill that would cut local government aid advances

March 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Mark Dayton speaks to a supportive audience of local government officials today as a tax bill cutting state payments to cities and counties advances at the Capitol. Continue Reading

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MN Senate GOP Tax Bill Revives Local Aid Cuts

March 23, 2011 in WDAZ

Proposal cuts gov’t aid by $640M
Minnesota Senate Republicans proposed a tax package Wednesday that cuts business property taxes and provides about $40 million worth of property tax refunds to middle class taxpayers. Continue Reading

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Mayors Ask Dayton to Protect Local Government Aid

March 9, 2011 in WDAZ

Mayors from around Minnesota are telling Gov. Mark Dayton that cuts to local government aid would hurt the ability of their communities to provide public safety, perform needed maintenance and deliver services like libraries and community centers. Continue Reading

MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE: Leaders of cities say property taxes, LGA linked

February 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Eight city officials praising Gov. Mark Dayton for efforts to preserve state aid to cities said they would not raise property taxes if the aid continues. Continue Reading

Lobbyist apologizes to Minnesota legislators for LGA e-mail that brought ethics complaint

February 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

J.D. Burton, who lobbies for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, has been accused of breaching ethics in an e-mail that advises city officials not tell legislators that they can handle a cut in Local Government Aid, even if the communities already had planned for the cut. Continue Reading

Source: Dayton budget to avoid cutting local aid

February 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will ask lawmakers to spare city and county governments from state payment cuts in hopes of avoiding property tax increases, a Capitol official familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.
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