Legislature Back in Session; Local Governments Concerned
Minnesota’s legislature reconvenes Thursday in St. Paul. Lawmakers return to a $1.2 billion deficit this biennium and a projected $5.4 billion in the 2012-2013 biennium. State Senator Tony Lourey say these figures show the state is in a difficult position with few options.
Local government unit are feeling the impact of the state’s budget shortfall.
Pine City Administrator Don Howard cautioned the city council, Wednesday, that there is a possibility the city could receive no local government aid this year. Howard said this means the city would not receive $500,000, or 25-percent of the general fund expenditures.
At Tuesday’s Pine County Board meeting, commissioner Steve Hallan said the county is running out of options. He says the board has cut as much as they can and residents can’t afford a tax increase.
Hallan is hoping the state can come up with creative ways to help local units.