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Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, examines paperwork Wednesday while the Senate Taxes Committee examines the effect of state aid cuts to cities. On left is the committee chairman, Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook. staff photo by Don Davis

City leaders plead for state checks

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ST. PAUL - Disaster. Crisis. Insane. Unfair. All are words Minnesota's city leaders used to describe the prospect of the state chopping payments later this month.


Officials of more than 70 cities filled two legislative committee meetings Wednesday, warning that proposed Local Government Aid and other state payment reductions would have a long-lasting impact. And, they said, their budget year ends this month, so there is no time to make up for the cuts.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.