Alexandria Echo Press: Small cities get bump in state aid

EXCERPT: “Happy days are here again for small cities that rely on state aid to help pay for essential services such as police and fire protection, and to keep local property taxes down. That’s because the state Legislature approved a bill, expected to be signed as soon as this week by Gov. Tim Walz, that restores local government aid to its 2002 level — its highest point since the program began in 1972. The bill includes a $26 million increase in LGA for 2020, followed by an additional $4 million boost in 2021, bringing total funding for the program to $564 million.” FULLSTORY: