Cities, counties get hit by state budget cuts
Checks from the state will go out Friday to cities and counties in Minnesota, but many of those checks will be smaller than originally planned.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty cut $110 million in state aid and tax credits to cities and counties in order to balance the budget that ends on June 30th. Much deeper cuts are likely still to come, as the state struggles with a projected $4.8 billion deficit in the next biennium.
One of the cities that will feel the pain is Coon Rapids. The northwest Minneapolis suburb was expecting more than $800,000 in this round of payments from the state. Now, it won't get any money at all.
Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer talked with Matt Fulton, the city manager in Coon Rapids. Fulton is also on the board of the League of Minnesota Cities.
- Morning Edition, 12/26/2008, 7:25 a.m.