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Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, examines paperwork Wednesday while the Senate Taxes Committee examines the effect of state aid cuts to cities. On left is the committee chairman, Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook. (Don Davis/St. Paul Bureau)

City leaders around Minnesota plead for state checks

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ST. PAUL -- Disaster. Crisis. Insane. Unfair. All are words Minnesota's city leaders used to describe the prospect of the state chopping payments later this month.

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Officials of more than 70 cities filled two legislative committee meetings Wednesday, warning that proposed Local Government Aid and other state payment reductions would have a long-lasting impact. And, they said, their budget year ends this month, so there is no time to make up for the cuts.

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