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Minn. Mayors Praise Dayton's Local Gov't Aid Proposal

Posted at: 04/09/2013 10:43 PM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 11:00 PM

They aren't getting as much money as they had hoped, but Minnesota mayors are happy with Governor Mark Dayton's plan to boost local government aid.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak joined the Duluth and Cloquet mayors Tuesday afternoon to praise the plan. They met at the Duluth library, which is a service the funding supports.

Rybak said over the past decade, Minnesota has been delivering unbalanced budgets and putting more pressure on homeowners. "They did that because they made massive cuts to local government aid. So cities and counties, as we tried to put basic services on the street, we had to make huge cuts in services and pass on property tax increases. That is wrong and we now have a solution," he said.

A group of mayors had proposed $100 million for local government aid. Dayton's budget proposes $80 million while House DFL'ers have proposed $60 million.