Chris Coleman and other mayors protes...

Chris Coleman and other mayors protest plans to cut local gover...

There are 68 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Feb 27, 2009, titled Chris Coleman and other mayors protest plans to cut local gover.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A feisty St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was joined by two small-town mayors Friday at the state Capitol, criticizing proposed funding cuts to local governments that have become a sore spot in communities across ...

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No more LGA

Minneapolis, MN

#61 Mar 2, 2009
Everybody whining about St Paul wanting its share of LGA money need to read up on the history of it. LGA was formed so that the areas with a large tax base (cities, like St Paul) could pool their taxes and be redirected by the state for large projects in places with small tax bases, like small towns. This was to bring things like municipal water and sewer to places that didn't have the cash to do it themselves. Unfortunately, Pawlenty has turned LGA into a way to take tax revenues out of Minneapolis and St Paul and funnel it to the idiots who actually voted for him - a political payoff, pure and simple. So, all of you who are whining about your tax money going to the cities, lets just keep that tax money local and out of Pawlenty's hands and then we'll see how well those small towns are doing. And why don't you stay out of our cities while you're at it - at least until you figure out how to drive.
NO MAYOR COLEMAN

Saint Paul, MN

#62 Mar 2, 2009
COLEMAN HAS TO GO.
NO MAYOR COLEMAN

Saint Paul, MN

#63 Mar 2, 2009
That is right. LGA has to end. All those small towns have to support themselves and support their parks on their own. If there tax base is too small they can merge with another town and create a bigger tax base!
NO MAYOR COLEMAN

Saint Paul, MN

#64 Mar 2, 2009
CUT STATE AID TO CITIES AND COUNTIES - LGA!
HIBBING PAY YOUR OWN BILLS!
NO MAYOR COLEMAN

Saint Paul, MN

#65 Mar 2, 2009
The Twin Cities have been getting screwed for years supporting "Lake Wobegones" with fat mayors and idiot city councils creating their own Minneapolis!

PAY YOUR OWN BILLS OUT-STATE CITIES AND COUNTIES! NO MORE THREATS TO EMERGENCY SERVICES TO SCARE THE TAX PAYER. HERE THAT MAYOR COLEMAN????
NO MAYOR COLEMAN

Saint Paul, MN

#66 Mar 2, 2009
HIBBING GETS A 70% "BAILOUT" TO PAY THEIR CITY SERVICES BILLS. IS THAT FAIR TO THE TAX PAYERS IN THE TWIN CITIES???
LGA Larry

Monroe, LA

#67 Mar 6, 2009
The DFL has simply failed to offer any concrete solutions or provide any leadership on what is undoubtedly one of the defining legislative issues of our time. That's not an understatement when you consider that this is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The DFL majority has known since at least November of last year that the state's budget was deep in the red. Yet the majority did nothing for the rest of 2008.

The 2009 session convened January 6th and legislators started collecting their per diem payments. The DFL leadership did nothing in January beyond taking the expected pot shots at the governor's budget proposal. Maybe the DFL would be well served to recall Harry Truman's observation that any jackass can kick down a barn. It takes leadership to build one.

February dawned and the DFL decided to go around the state on a Misery
Tour to gather input from the citizens. That would have been grand idea - back in November.

Here we are in March and the DFL majority has yet to offer their budget. In fact, the Speaker of the House was quoted as saying their budget would be ready by mid-April, leaving just over 30 days to finish a budget before the legislature adjourns on May 18. Of course, there may be a special session beyond that, with the possibility of a government shutdown starting July 1st.

Thus far, the legislature has passed a grand total of 5 bills. The point is that legislators shouldn't be sitting around the Capitol collecting paychecks for nothing. Maybe the legislature should have convened in late March or early April. Just what in the heck are these guys doing?

The DFL paralysis is quite understandable. Raising taxes is in their DNA but they don't want to be out on a limb calling for tax increases,
especially during a recession.

Doctor Tom Stinson, the state's economist noted in a private meeting with legislators that tax increases during this time of
severe economic turmoil would be unproductive. Thus, it appears that no one is willing to take on tax increases with the possible exception of our brave band of DFL revenue enhancers in Saint Paul.

So what's a massive majority to do? Sit on their collective arses.
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Drunkoncouch

Shakopee, MN

#68 Mar 6, 2009
It boggles me that these officers could not make it to work. They are trained professional drivers! Officers should live where they patrol. That way they have a vested interest in their job.

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