Minneapolis budget cuts: 'Everything is ... on the table'

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 5, 2009 - 9:27 PM

With the Legislature poised to take an axe to state aid to municipalities, Minnesota's largest city begins a process to identify ways that it can cope with less money.

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RipAndersonJan. 5, 09 7:40 PM

Even the $40,000 water fountains?

mcleanmJan. 5, 09 7:43 PM

I wonder if RT will still try to grow grass on the Target Center roof.

brodie276Jan. 5, 09 7:53 PM

Every year, this year is no exception, city, state and fed officials talk about budget cuts that they need to make. I wonder if to them (officials) a budget cut is similar to the following: last year we spent x, this year we plan to spend x + a 10% increase. After the budget is finalized, the final number is x + 5%. To me that is an increase, but I wonder.......

webfootJan. 5, 09 7:55 PM

laying off all the highly paid employees they hired after they laid off all the lowest paid workers the last round? Some of that money could be used to fix the damn streets in this city. Pretty soon we're going to be driving on gravel roads; they sure can't deteriorate much more. I've seen the same street downtown being patched for about 20 years now. Quit wasting money unncessarily and fix what needs to be fixed - that's what TAXES are for.

daperpkazooJan. 5, 09 8:25 PM

After viewing the stimulus proposal packet submitted to Obama a couple weeks ago, I was dissapointed that while some other cities asked for dozens of projects totaling hundreds of millions of dollars, RT only asked for one project, at under 10 million. I was dissapointed that he was letting this opportunity to get free federal funding pass us by. Now, hearing that "brick and mortar" projects are going to be cut due to budget shortfalls, I am enraged. How could a mayor who is cutting funding to city construction let an opportunity to fund that construction federally pass by?

sparky862Jan. 5, 09 8:57 PM

Instead of cutting public safety services to the residents and vistors of Minneapolis, why not cut some overpaid management types ?

bikemilesJan. 5, 09 9:41 PM

Also, a "bicycling coordinator" gets paid over $60K in Minneapolis. There is the entire "office of sustainable development". Don't forget special programs for business start ups that don't believe in paying interest on loans citing Sharia law.

a1batrossJan. 5, 0910:09 PM

Here we see Grover Norquist's plan come to fruition. The Prime Neocon said he wanted to cut government until it was "small enough to drown in a bathtub." And here it is. Pawlenty's slavish adherence to the neocon ideology slashed state funds to cities, leaving the cities to raise property taxes to compensate. Then Republican Wall Street executives turned out to be crooks and con artists, the real-estate bubble burst, and now the property taxes drop because the property VALUES drop. And suddenly the cities have no money, while Pawlenty has run us $5 billion into the red. Meanwhile, dimwits on here pick out their pet peeve programs to target for cuts, based on no more insight into urban development than they learn while living on Cheetos and generic root beer in their parents' basement. Soon we'll have no schools, no libraries, no business development, nothing left but police and fire departments, paid by credit card upon arrival at the scene.

Thanks, neoconservative ideologues!

ardath1990Jan. 5, 0911:09 PM

Hey, California did that to its governor back in '03 over their budget deficit. Why don't we do the same to Pawlenty?

toddorunoJan. 5, 0911:45 PM

you dummies just voted to spend over 5 million dollars on a grass roof for the target center. pull your head out, that might help


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