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Local Government Aid Study Group

Function: A study group of the tax committees to examine the current system of aids to local governments and make recommendations on improvements to the system. The study shall include, but not be limited to, consideration of existing disparities in the distribution of local government aid, an analysis of current law need and capacity factors as well as alternative need factors, alternative analytical methods for determining correlations between factors and need, the formula used to calculate aid for small cities, and volatility in the local government aid distribution.

The group must report on its specific recommendations to the legislature by December 15, 2012.
Active dates:2009-
History: The 2008 Minnesota Legislature established the Local Government Aid Study Group (created in a 2008 tax bill, HF 3149) to examine the current system of aids to local governments and make recommendations on improvements to the system.

The committee met for the first time on October 15, 2009. The group must report on its specific recommendations to the legislature by December 15, 2010. (Note: 2010 Minn. Laws Chap. 215 Art. 13 Sec. 12 changed the date this report is due to December 15, 2012).
Membership: 10 members appointed by the chairs of the senate and house of representatives committees with jurisdiction over taxes. Of the five members appointed by each chair, two must be members of the tax committee, one of whom is a majority party member and one of whom is a minority party member. The remaining members must represent local units of government. The chairs of the divisions of the tax committees having jurisdiction over property taxes shall also be members and shall serve as cochairs of the study group.

2009 Membership:
Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL - Dilworth and Sen. Ron Skoe, DFL - Clearbrook are the study group's co-chairmen.

The Senate appointed the following members to the LGA Study Group:
Co-chair: Senator Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook
Senator Linda Schied, DFL-Brooklyn Park
Senator David Senjem, R-Rochester
Mayor Bruce Ahlgren, Cloquet
Joel Young, Chatfield City Clerk and Minnesota Association of Small Cities President
Steve Peterson, Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities

Six members appointed by the House of Representatives.
Representative Paul Marquart, DFL-Dillworth
Representative Diane Loeffler, DFL-Minneapolis
Representative Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington
Councilwoman Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis
Anne Norris, Crystal City Manager
Rachel Walker, League of Minnesota Cities
Record last updated: 12/07/2012
 

Additional print information on this group may be available in the Library's collection of agency notebooks. Please contact a librarian for assistance. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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