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MINNESOTA POLITICS: Cities plan funding fight ... Check stimulus .. Union splits for governor ... more

Published 11/29/2009, State Capitol Bureau

A perennial Minnesota legislative debate about local government aid is expected in the 2010 session, or maybe earlier. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is making noise about a big fight, and many city officials are concerned that they cannot wait until lawmakers return Feb 4 to the Capitol. A Wednesday budget forecast, which could show a new deficit of $1 billion, may lead to cuts in local governments’ December state paychecks.

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