Brainerd Dispatch: Area cities, counties look to benefit as Walz administration rolls out highest local government funding since 2002

EXCERPT: “When it comes to state funding, Christmas comes early for cities and counties across the state of Minnesota. Checks for increased Local Government Aid and County Program Aid were mailed out this week. Returning to heights unseen since 2002, the state Legislature approved a tax bill in April that raised LGA and CPA funding by $26 million in 2020, with a further $4 million bump to be doled out the year after. That would bring total LGA expenditures for 2021 to about $565 million and total CPA expenditure to about $260 million. These funds have been largely static since the beginning of the millennium, or actually shrunk in the wake of the Great Recession.” FULL STORY: