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'Biggest crisis' to affect local government aid

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Minnesota's local governments receive 30 percent of their revenue from the state, so when the state budget is sick, local governments sniffle.

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Now, with a massive state budget deficit, the affliction is much worse than a cold. Many say legislators must resort to major surgery to reduce local government funding flowing from the state.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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