Today, Mayors Chris Coleman from Saint Paul, R.T. Rybak from Minneapolis and Don Ness from Duluth responded to the Tax Conference Committee omnibus report that eliminates Local Government Aid to Minnesota’s core cities of Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Duluth by 2014.
“Rather than pulling all Minnesotans together, Republicans are dividing us by leveling an unfair burden on the middle class and our core cities,” said Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
Republicans propose to cut $37 million in Local Government Aid from Saint Paul alone by 2012.
“Minnesotans want a balanced approach to solving this budget crisis – but Republicans are choosing to protect the richest Minnesotans and make the middle-class pick up the tab,” said Mayor R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis. “Businesses and homeowners can’t afford the property-tax increases that the Republican leadership is forcing on them.”
Minneapolis stands to lose $55.5 million in the current Republican proposal by 2012.
“Duluth, along with Minneapolis and Saint Paul, are the economic engines in Minnesota,” said Duluth Mayor Don Ness. “Our economy can’t sustain the amount of cuts to Local Government Aid proposed by the Legislature.”
$17.2 million in Local Government Aid is proposed to be cut from the City of Duluth by 2012.