Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekly round-up
A Star Tribune story notes that Minnesota cities are considering a variety of revenue and cost-cutting strategies to compensate for lost state aids and a downturn in general revenue as a result of the slumping economy. A subsequent editorial lauds cities for their progress, to date, in tackling the issue. After opposition from local business groups, the Mounds View City Council rejected a proposal requiring businesses to formally register with the city. Additionally, 2010 budget discussions continued in the cities of Milaca, Princeton, Fridley, Faribault, Brownton, and others. Meanwhile, the Austin Public library set a one-month record for material check-outs and renewal of items, according to library officials.