Cities wean themselves from state aid

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 2, 2012 - 11:38 PM

Many municipalities have stopped counting on it altogether.

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think100Dec. 2, 12 7:46 PM

i love the laughing pawlenty pic

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arspartzDec. 2, 12 7:52 PM

Local governments are responsible for the local quality of life. They are also responsible for raising that money. Residential properties, and the people who live there, use the lions share of city services and some demand an unaffordable level of quality of life. Commercial properties, and even more industrial properties, require far less from the city for services and care less about quality of life. If a city favored residential development over industrial or commercial properties, the residents should expect to pay more for those services. That loud smelly industry pays a lot of taxes.

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rlwr51Dec. 2, 12 8:04 PM

The picture accompanying this story couldn't be more apropos.

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sidhartmannDec. 2, 12 8:13 PM

I have friends and relatives that work in government and cite tremendous waste. Good they are held more accountable now. Nice picture selection of TPaw, aking him look like the villain...ha!

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dtmonkeyboyDec. 2, 12 8:45 PM

TPaw was trying to make local government accountable...or so he said. The ironic part is that he took the money to plug his budget. What a scam. He did the same type of thing with school districts...he took their money to plug his budget gaps and then made thm figure out how to float the loan....the person who could not balance a budget was TPAW. He made me a Democrat.

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dtmonkeyboyDec. 2, 12 8:47 PM

Tpaw took money earmarked for cities (and generated in these cities) and spent it. As a result cities were forced to raise property taxes...this is not a success story

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dtmonkeyboyDec. 2, 12 8:49 PM

Sidhartmann...so apparently the waste is only in local government? Why is it that the Minneapolis budget has been almost flat for the last decade when adjusted for inflation while the state budget ballooned under tpaw. Seem it is the state and Republicans that have a spending problem.

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apeeboyDec. 2, 12 8:53 PM

I don't understand why cities expect anyone besides their residents to pay for the costs of running their cities. If cities want to provide service, people there should pay for them. Why I should have to pay for people to live in St. Paul or Minneapolis is beyond me. If people who live their don't like their taxes, then they should vote out their mayor and city council. If they like everything provided, then don't complain about your taxes.

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cotievlDec. 2, 12 9:00 PM

The city of St Paul is at a huge disadvantage, so much of their prime real estate is State, County and City land that the city cannot collect property taxes on.

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J_DubyaDec. 2, 12 9:21 PM

The Pawlenty picture accompanying this story is good journalism. It appropriately lampoons the former governor for his role is stripping local governments so he could pretend he was managing the state's budget. Glad we have Dayton and a DFL legislature in place to do the hard work necessary to fix T-Paw's bungling of Minnesota's economy.

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