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Mayors Coleman and Rybak honored by outstate cities

Even though they’re from “the Cities,” St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak have been honored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.

Each got a “Friend of CGMC” award.

At the group’s annual summer conference in Grand Rapids, the metro mayors were honored because they’d worked so hard at the Legislature to fight off drastic cuts in Local Government Aid.

The group was impressed that the mayors spent much of this year battling Republican attempts to gut LGA, which helps not only many smaller cities around the state, but also Minneapolis and St. Paul.

In a statement, Coleman said:

“I’m honored to receive this award. The work we have done in an effort to preserve LGA for all Minnesota cities has been critical, but it is far from over. Throughout our state, LGA means cops and firefighters on the streets, it means a stable property tax rate instead of one that continues to climb, and it means our cities can continue to provide essential services that our constituents rely on. I will continue to carry this message across Minnesota until those at the Capitol hear it.”

Said Rybak:

“Working closely with Greater Minnesota mayors is one of the best investments that Minneapolis has made. I am particularly grateful to mayors throughout Greater Minnesota for standing up for Minneapolis, Saint Paul and Duluth this year when the Legislature unwisely proposed eliminating all LGA for our core cities.

Greater Minnesota mayors know what we all know: we’re one Minnesota and we’re all in this together. They can count on me to keep defending strong communities in Greater Minnesota.”

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 08/10/2011 - 01:27 pm.

    I’ve wondered lately if there’s a way (legally) for the counties and cities to withhold what they need to finance public services and infrastructure and send the state what is left over.

    As things now stand, we gladly pay real estate taxes to cover local expenses — and then have right-wingers like Pawlenty and current legislative budget-writers from the right say, sorry, but we’re not going to use your money for that because we need it to balance the budget without raising taxes on the wealthy. Then comes the familiar but nonsensical admonishment for the cities and counties, schools and libraries and recreation and water treatment and police and fire to “live within their means.”

    Congratulations to our two great mayors, however. Not everyone could have coped as well as they have with the last ten years of cuts in LGA.

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