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Mayors Rasmussen and Larson: A different view of LGA, from Albert Lea and Bemidji

There are 6 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 5, 2011, titled Mayors Rasmussen and Larson: A different view of LGA, from Albert Lea and Bemidji. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

There is an interesting divide emerging between the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and some local chambers.

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everettdflynn

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Feb 7, 2011
Thanking you for calling out the Minnesota Chamber on its intellectual dishonesty. Their position clouds the issue of state government financing rather than enlightens. LGA is a critical component across the state for balancing the standard of living and the cost residents must pay for essential services. It should NOT be the whipping boy for conservative politicians who are so very willing to consider every cut under the sun, but suddenly lose their creativity when it comes to considering new sources of revenue in debate to resolve the state's budget deficit.
LeDumbo

Burnsville, MN

#2 Feb 7, 2011
everettdflynn wrote:
Thanking you for calling out the Minnesota Chamber on its intellectual dishonesty. Their position clouds the issue of state government financing rather than enlightens. LGA is a critical component across the state for balancing the standard of living and the cost residents must pay for essential services. It should NOT be the whipping boy for conservative politicians who are so very willing to consider every cut under the sun, but suddenly lose their creativity when it comes to considering new sources of revenue in debate to resolve the state's budget deficit.
Albert Lea and Bemidji are two of the cities LGA was designed to help, so how did 40% of LGA in recent times end up in the hands of Minneapolis, St Paul, and Duluth? It was supposed to be for small, more rural communities, not big urban areas. So LGA shouldn't be the whipping boy for conservatives in rural areas, I can agree with that. For Minneapolis, St Paul, and Duluth? Whip away.

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Since: May 08

Minneapolis

#3 Feb 8, 2011
I still haven't been able to grasp the reasoning behind LGA other than the fact that it is just another redistribution of money from some people to some other people. If the rural communities are losing populations because the younger people are leaving for the bigger cities where there is more opportunity to make a better living for themselves why should the taxpayers in the larger areas be required to subsidise the small towns. If the cities of Albert Lea and Bemidji can't keep their residents they need to find less expensive ways to service the ones that stay.
LeDumbo

Burnsville, MN

#4 Feb 9, 2011
Irreverent One wrote:
I still haven't been able to grasp the reasoning behind LGA other than the fact that it is just another redistribution of money from some people to some other people. If the rural communities are losing populations because the younger people are leaving for the bigger cities where there is more opportunity to make a better living for themselves why should the taxpayers in the larger areas be required to subsidise the small towns. If the cities of Albert Lea and Bemidji can't keep their residents they need to find less expensive ways to service the ones that stay.
While you are right, LGA was used as a DFL reward system for their power base. Over $200 million goes to Minneapolis, St Paul, and Duluth. Any reason other than being strong DFL cities?
LeDumbo is damned Dumb

Singapore, Singapore

#5 Feb 9, 2011
LeDumbo wrote:
<quoted text>While you are right, LGA was used as a DFL reward system for their power base. Over $200 million goes to Minneapolis, St Paul, and Duluth. Any reason other than being strong DFL cities?
Yes. Go look at the law to see how LGA is apportioned, then come back.
LeDumbo

Burnsville, MN

#6 Feb 9, 2011
LeDumbo is damned Dumb wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes. Go look at the law to see how LGA is apportioned, then come back.
Who wrote the law? I would call you a moron, but I don't know you well enough, and I wouldn't want to offend the morons on other posts.

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