Mayor Hodges: proposed LGA cuts will “slow all the progress that has been made in Minneapolis”
April 15, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) – Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges released the following statement in response to proposed legislation in the Minnesota House of Representatives which would cut approximately $34.4 million in local government aid from the City of Minneapolis.
“The state has balanced its budgets on the backs of cities over and over for the last decade,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “And now with a near $2 billion surplus and a thriving economy, some lawmakers want to play political games and slow all the progress that has been made in Minneapolis. This is especially shocking considering that the strong Minneapolis economy helped create the state’s surplus.
“Minneapolis contributes far more to the State in sales, income, and property taxes than it receives. The House GOP is proposing a 45 percent cut in local government aid to Minneapolis. If this happens, we’ll have no choice but to make cuts to core public services, like police, fire and street maintenance. And make no mistake about it, those cuts will affect not only the people who live in Minneapolis but also those who work in and visit our city.”
Published Apr 15, 2015