Big-city Mayors Call GOP Budget An Attack

Duluth, St. Paul and Minneapolis mayors have told Republican legislative leaders that their budget cuts “amount to an attack on Minnesota‘s economic engines.”

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: “They hurt Minnesota’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.”

The trio said their cities are “disproportionately targeted” 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 renters’ tax credit.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said he opposes Republican cuts to the cities, all overwhelmingly Democratic communities.