Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why do city governments need lobbyists?
In recent weeks, Minnesota cities have been criticized by Governor Pawlenty for spending money to lobby at the State Capitol. Certainly, with large cuts in local government aid and market value homestead credit programs on the horizon, cities have an keen interest weighing-in on the state budget debate currently underway. But that's only part of the story. During the 2009 State Legislative session, more than 1,000 bills that affect city government in a variety of ways have been introduced in areas ranging from election law, to environmental standards, to liquor sales, among others. The League of Minnesota cities has compiled a comprehensive list of those bills.