Beefed up state aid means dozens of cities will get a financial boost


Many Minnesota cities that had seen their state aid dwindle to zero will get a financial boost from the changes made in the legislative session.

The Pioneer Press reports 31 Twin Cities suburbs will again qualify for aid after state lawmakers and Governor Dayton added $80 million to the fund that helps cities. Many of those cities are inner-ring suburbs -- Maplewood, for example -- that have less property tax wealth and an older housing stock than their outlying neighbors.

The Pioneer Press says there are still 61 suburbs that will not qualify for any state aid.

While the Twin Cities area may see the biggest increases, state funding will go up in other parts of the state, too. The Winona Daily News reports that city will see an increase of more than $500,000 compared to what it would have received without the change.

Small cities such as Goodview and St. Charles are in line for increases of more than $100,000.

A Rochester official tells KAAL an extra $1.8 million in aid will help a city that's seen annual budget crises for 10 years.

The increased aid to cities is one of the uses of the $2 billion in tax increases the Legislature passed earlier this month.

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