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Legislator worries Duluth will be hurt by cuts to LGA, but says state funding won’t go away

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State Sen. Roger Reinert says pending cuts to Local Government Aid will hurt Duluth, and he wishes state leaders would take a broad look at how the state funds regional centers.

But DFLer Reinert said he doesn’t believe the Legislature will kill LGA altogether, as a headline in the Duluth News Tribune implied Wednesday. And MinnPost had linked to that Duluth story Wednesday.

Today, the Duluth paper calls the headline “unfortunately worded.”

And the paper quotes Reinert: “In no way am I predicting the death of LGA.”

But Reinert and Duluth Mayor Don Ness are concerned that suburban legislators, who are gaining more clout with changing state demographics, don’t see the value in state support of regional centers like Duluth.

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Reinert wants a statewide discussion on how to maintain a high quality of life throughout the state, and told the paper: “We need to include the suburbs. They’re the new power base.”