Minnesota mayors urge change in state aid

  • Article by: BAIRD HELGESON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 15, 2012 - 9:19 PM

They asked Gov. Dayton to help provide stability in their budgeting and prevent further cuts from the Legislature.

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roymercerOct. 15, 12 9:22 PM

I have a novel idea: Why don't cities try spending what the take in, and not a penny more, like the rest of us?

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ffedericoOct. 15, 12 9:47 PM

There you have it, Minnesota. Vote Democratic and your state taxes will certainly rise. Who could be against that?

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jpcooperOct. 15, 12 9:54 PM

Many Republicans have been skeptical of the aid system for years, particularly as some of the biggest benefactors are communities with strong DFL ties. Lawmakers created the system decades ago to shift tax money from more affluent communities to urban and outstate areas where demand for basic service outstripped the local property tax base.

Its Liberal wealth redistribution to democratic leaning cities, plain and simple

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comment229Oct. 16, 12 4:54 AM

There you have it, Minnesota. We have made all the cuts we can to our city budgets and now need to fire all the city employees except the ones that send out the bills. Then we can have an amendment to the state constitution that will call us Mississippi 2. You get what you pay for. Dayton is right. Want to cut spending? Decrease the size of our legislature.

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rickbmnOct. 16, 12 8:11 AM

comment229: Not sure what's wrong with Mississippi, but I'll agree to cut city/county/state employees, and no reason we can't cut our legislature (don't need 2 houses here) AND, they should meet every other year. Period. THEY have made these jobs full-time. No need for that. However, that is a drop in the spending bucket. Let's also cut bike paths and all the mass transit and LRT that requires massive subsidies to operate. Cut the public unions. So many things to cut, cut, cut. But no one has the courage to actually DO what needs to be done because their primary objective is to get re-elected. Period. Anyone really disagree with that?

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oleprofessorOct. 16, 12 8:33 AM

State aid to cities is nothing more than UNDESERVED POLITICAL WELFARE. It should be completely eliminated. The citizen-taxpayers of any city, county, or other political subdivision, should make their own decisions AND pay for their decisions. The State should NOT be able to purchase votes from localities by BRIBING them with State aid to cities. If a city cannot afford what they want, then they should not have it. Everyone wants the State to buy them a pony, and then they will stop their tantrums.

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markspringOct. 16, 12 9:27 AM

What most of you are saying makes sense until you check into the actual facts. The inner cities are net contributors to state aide and not the drag on it that you seem to think exists. Go ahead and end state aide and the inner cities will have more to meet their obligations.

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markspringOct. 16, 12 9:35 AM

As to the subsidies that you so hate, okay, let's just make every subsidy go away. Privatize the roadways so the only way to ride on them is to pay a toll. Let's get rid of everything. No DNR. No plowing. Reduce police and fire, in fact, privatize that as well. After all, we all know the private sector is cheaper (sarcasm intended). Let's hand out licenses on street corners darn it all. Get rid of those publicly finance hospitals. Let them all die and decrease the surplus population. Yep, I can see this new world now. Simpler and better.

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reader2580Oct. 16, 12 9:39 AM

If inner cities are net losers in the local state aid game why is the city of Minneapolis crying about the tens of millions in state aid they have lost through cuts?

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comment229Oct. 17, 12 5:31 AM

rickbmn: apparently there are a few people who disagree with your assessment of cuts, and Mississippi. I personally know three people who work for our city. I cannot imagine what it would look like without the streets being cleaned and the snow removed with the plows. You are a little narrow minded on the mass transit systems to, and I cannot figure out why people complain about roads, stupidity on the road ways, snowstorms, construction, and detours instead of taking a train or a bus. What's that? They lose money!!!! I don't know, I guess the roads didn't and don't cost us a cent to maintain but you never hear about that now do you? I guess we are on opposite sides of the fence. And yes, I would rather live in MN with its quality of life, than Mississippi.

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