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Tim Flaherty, lobbyist for the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, tells how the Coalition plans to "educate" new Republican lawmakers on the importance of Local Government Aid to hold down property taxes in property-poor cities, like Bemidji. Behind him is Bemidji Mayor Dave Larson. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Rural cities group presses hard for LGA

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For the past eight years, state lawmakers looking to fill budget gaps have turned to state aid to cities, a big pot of money doled out twice a year.

But not again, say supporters of Local Government Aid, who hope to educate new Republican lawmakers about the importance of the aid to keep local property taxes down.

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