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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.


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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