Among the myriad spending hikes passed in the 2013 legislative session was a huge boost to Local Government Aid (LGA). LGA is the redistributive aid program that transfers state tax dollars to cities, an arrangement that proponents dubiously claim "buys down" local property taxes. In reality, LGA does no such thing, as MinnPost recently noted: "Historically, over the last four decades, property tax relief provided in the form of increased aid to local governments has been eroded quickly by incre...
Amid increasing concern over how local officials will deal with unprecedented budget challenges in their communities, The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota (FFM) issued its first Issue Spotlight, commending several local governments for exploring creative, effective ways to control spending while continuing to deliver critical services.
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