New legislation calls for large boost in LGA
A bill to increase the Local Government Aid (LGA) and County Program Aid (CPA) appropriations by $150 million each has received its first hearing in the House Property Tax Division. The bill, authored by Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL-Aurora), is supported by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Inter-County Association, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, Metro Cities, and the Minnesota Association of Small Cities. The most recent increases to LGA and CPA were approved during the 2019 legislative session. Despite those increases, both programs remain funded at roughly the same level as in 2002, according to a Coalition of Greater Minnesota press release. Added Olivia Mayor Jon Hawkinson: “For cities, LGA helps us provide the public safety, libraries, parks and recreation, safe streets, and water and wastewater services that our residents and businesses rely on. LGA helps make for thriving and strong communities in every corner of the state."