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Coalition of Greater MN Cities


Wed, Sep 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



St. Paul, MN-With the state facing a $5.8 billion deficit, Minnesotans deserve detailed answers on how candidates for governor will close the budget gap, said the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman today at a press event as they unveiled a new website that will allow candidates and everyday Minnesotans to do precisely that.



The site, www.MyMNBudget.com, provides an online budget simulator that recreates the state budget. Users can adjust state spending and taxes in order to bring Minnesota's financial books back in balance. Users are also provided with descriptions of each state-funded program so that they can make informed decisions and have a better idea of each decision's impact.



"We are only 65 days away from the election and have seen only partial details from the candidates for governor as to how they will solve the deficit. That's not good enough. If an average Minnesotan can create a balanced budget with this tool, so should candidates," said Steve Peterson, senior policy analyst for CGMC, the organization that designed the website.



Peterson said that it is critical for candidates to create a dollar-for-dollar budget plan with the budget simulator so voters have a clear idea of how they will be impacted by choices such as tax increases or cuts in state services.



"Simply put, if you can't tell us how you would balance the budget, should you be running for governor?" Peterson asked.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, who has supported rural mayors in raising awareness of how state budget cuts impact cities, said exhaustively complete budget plans, such as those produced by the online budget simulator, will help local officials in the coming months as they plan their 2011 budgets.



"Whether you are the mayor of St. Paul, St. Peter or St. Martin, how the next governor deals with the budget deficit will affect your community more than any other decision you make at the local level," Coleman said. "We are putting local budgets together that determine how many police officers and firefighters we can support, if our libraries can remain open, and whether property taxes will increase or not. We need answers from these candidates so that the public knows how they will personally be impacted, and so that city leaders can make planning decisions accordingly."



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ServeMinnesota's Social & Economic Program Efforts Recognized By Landmark Kennedy Serve America Act With $14.5M in Grants

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - After undergoing a rigorous competition to receive a slice of $234 million in federal AmeriCorps grants, ServeMinnesota programs received $14.5 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a 25 percent increase o ..... 
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Take action to stop distraction behind the wheel

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Attention drivers! Around 100 law enforcement agencies are conducting a distracted driving educational push coupled with an enforcement effort during the first week of August. Agencies will increase patrols on Aug. 5 during Gov. Pawlenty's ..... 
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FCC to Hear from Minnesotans on Future of Internet

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS - The Federal Communications Commission's Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn will meet with the public at a hearing on the future of the Internet in Minneapolis on Aug. 19.

WHAT: Public Hearing on the Future of the Internet

DA ..... 
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Rumble strip installation scheduled in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews install rumble strips in Fillmore County beginning Monday, August 2. Flaggers will control traffic during the lane closures.

AAA Striping Service Co. is the prime contractor for the $221,702 ..... 
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NRDC's 20th Annual Beach Report: More Contaminants, Fewer Advisories for Minnesota's Lake Superior Beaches in 2009

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Duluth, Minnesota (July 28, 2010) - Pollution continues to contaminate the water at America's beaches, causing 99 advisory days for Minnesota's Lake Superior beaches last year and 18,682 closing and advisory days nationwide. Meanwhile, as of July 23, ..... 
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Minnesota Trucking Related Fatalities: Lowest in 10 Years

Mon, Jul 26th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Continuing a downward trend, cars and trucks collided less often in Minnesota during the past year than any year in the last decade.

According to statistics reported in the latest edition of Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, published by th ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, July 12- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.64/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.71 ..... 
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Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher re-elected to national union post

Mon, Jul 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., July 12, 2010: Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher has been re-elected as a vice president with the American Federation of Teachers. Dooher was re-elected to the post during the AFT's 81st biennial convention in Seattle, WA, whi ..... 
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