Some City Cuts OK

Gov. Tim Pawlenty should not claim that cities are unwilling to see their state aid cut, a city leader says.

The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities support some cuts to local government aid, Wadena Mayor Wayne Wolden said. But the coalition’s president added that the governor "greatly misrepresents our position."

Wolden lobbied Pawlenty to be careful when cutting budgets in the next few weeks.

"Governor, please don’t discount the severity of these cuts," Wolden wrote in a letter to Pawlenty. "They will have serious impacts in our communities. While we may have our differences of opinion on policy, we can both agree that Minnesotans — no matter what corner of the state they live in — deserve strong communities at an affordable price."