Forum News Service: Greater Minnesota cities appeal to divided Legislature for economic lifeline

EXCERPT: “Having been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, cities in Greater Minnesota are calling on the state Legislature to offer them a lifeline and bolster programs that could help speed up economic recovery across the state. In a Friday, Jan. 29, news conference, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) announced its legislative priorities for the 2021 session: maintaining state aid to local governments; and investing in child care, housing and water infrastructure. Executive Director Bradley Peterson said these issues have always been important to the coalition, but ‘the pandemic has made them even more critical and timely.’ Greg Zylka serves as president of the CGMC and mayor of Little Falls, a city of fewer than 9,000, roughly 100 miles northwest of Minneapolis. He said the pandemic has taken a toll Little Falls residents and businesses, and the city has tried to help by promoting businesses and offering grants, as well as continuing regular city services like emergency response, libraries, parks, water and more.” FULL STORY: