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Letter: Leadership lacking at state level on LGA

It is with great disappointment I see that local government aid is again the target of Minnesota Legislators as an area to cut funding. Since 2002, LGA funding has been sporadic at best. Cities with low to moderate property values and lower media...

It is with great disappointment I see that local government aid is again the target of Minnesota Legislators as an area to cut funding.

Since 2002, LGA funding has been sporadic at best. Cities with low to moderate property values and lower median incomes have, in an effort to provide essential services to their residents, depended on LGA to help relieve the additional property tax overburden that would be needed to provide police, fire, streets and other necessary services to their citizens.

Of course, legislators representing high-wealth, higher-property value cities see no need to have equity throughout the state. It seems as though some state legislators think Minnesota ends at the outer ring of the metro area.

My biggest disappointment is the lack of strong leadership from the large number of legislators who formerly represented cities as councilpersons or mayors who depend on local government aid that now seem to forget the reasons it is needed. What happened, is it party pressure? Please help me understand how you can fight for your city while in elected city government and abandon the cause as a legislator.

We started the year thinking that an increase back to 2002 levels was possible at an additional $45 million. It now appears $6 million might happen. That’s a serious disappointment.

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