Minnesota cities learn to live without state money


Ten years after state lawmakers reduced the state money offered to towns and cities in the form of Local Government Aid funds, many municipalities have learned how to get by without it, the Star Tribune reports.

There was an uproar in 2003 from cities who feared the cuts. But city leaders have cut staff, hiked property takes and cut services to balance their local budgets, the newspaper reports. These days, more than 60 percent of metro cities have stopped getting LGA money, and others get it but don't assume they can count on it, the Star Tribune says.

You can find out how much your city gets – or doesn't get – from the state on this Legislature webpage.

MPR last year had a good primer (how it works, how it played into the "Minnesota Miracle").

And the League of Minnesota Cities has a four-page Local Government Aid 101 guide that includes the total amount of state-dispersed LGA funding for each year back to 2003.

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