Duluth, St. Paul and Minneapolis mayors have told Republican legislative leaders that their budget cuts â€œamount to an attack on Minnesotaâ€˜s economic engines.â€
A letter Duluth Mayor Don Ness, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak wrote to leaders wasted no time attacking Republican budget ideas: â€œThey hurt Minnesotaâ€™s economic future and serve to undo years of progress that we have made in the metro area, working cooperatively with the private sector, on regoinwide economic growth.â€
The trio said their cities are â€œdisproportionately targetedâ€ by in several ways, including:
— Much state aid paid to cities is due to disappear in GOP plans.
— Education budget proposals would drain money from their cities and send it to other school districts.
— Cuts in transit funding wouild lead to increase bus fares.
— Since renters make up a higher percentage of residents in the cities, they will be hurt more by a reduction in a rentersâ€™ tax credit.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said he opposes Republican cuts to the cities, all overwhelmingly Democratic communities.