CGMC Mayors Pen Column Urging Governor, Senate to be Leaders for Rural Minnesota

CGMC Board members Bruce Ahlgren, mayor of Cloquet, and Tom Stiehm, mayor of Austin, wrote a guest column calling on Governor Dayton and the state Senate to take initiative this legislative session on issues that are important to Greater Minnesota. The column was submitted to newspapers throughout the state, and it has already been published [...]

CGMC Calls on Governor and Senate to Show Leadership on Key Rural Issues

The following is a press release that was sent to media outlets throughout the state today:

With passage of the Senate tax bill Thursday, the priorities of the House, Senate and Governor are in clear focus.
The Minnesota House has developed a rural agenda that includes funding for broadband expansion, an increase in local government aid (LGA), [...]

Statement from Glencoe Mayor and CGMC President Randy Wilson on Governor’s Supplemental Budget

“The need for broadband is long overdue; now is the time to act. Given the importance of the issues and years of talk, it is perplexing that Governor Dayton failed to dedicate a portion of the surplus to enhance broadband speed and accessibility across Minnesota. Greater Minnesota leaders from business, local government, education and the [...]

CGMC President Randy Wilson pens Star Tribune editorial

Last weekend, the Star Tribune published an editorial written by CGMC President Randy Wilson in response to criticism over the preliminary levy numbers and cities’ use of the $80 million LGA boost approved by Legislature during the 2013 session. In his editorial, Wilson urges critics (who include some legislators and other policymakers) to see that [...]

Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson Elected CGMC President

Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 26 at the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji. As president, Mayor Wilson will help direct efforts to inform state legislators of issues unique to Greater Minnesota, such as property tax relief, economic development and transportation.
Wilson [...]

Cities Reach Unprecedented Agreement on LGA, Legislation Introduced

Today at the Minnesota State Capitol, legislation was introduced which outlines an agreement between Minneapolis, St. Paul, suburban and Greater Minnesota cities on a distribution formula for Local Government Aid (LGA), long a contentious issue between metro and rural interest groups at the Capitol.
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CGMC Appreciates Dayton’s Commitment to a Fair LGA Formula

During the organization’s February 6 Legislative Action Day at the State Capitol, Governor Mark Dayton addressed the membership of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC). At the event, he discussed his proposed budget and Local Government Aid (LGA) formula reforms with over 80 city officials representing 45 communities from every corner of Minnesota.
“The CGMC [...]