Governor cuts Minneapolis funding by $30 million through 2010

On June 16 Governor Tim Pawlenty announced $2.7 billion in cuts he is making to provide a short-term fix to the State’s budget crisis. The Governor "unalloted" or cut Minneapolis funding by $8.5 million in 2009 and $21.3 million in 2010, for a total cut of $30 million through 2010. This is not the first time Governor Pawlenty has cut funding to Minneapolis and communities throughout Minnesota. Including the Governor’s action today, the City of Minneapolis receives 43 percent less in local government aid than six years ago.

The City of Minneapolis anticipated cuts from the Governor and based its budget on a worst-case scenario, which means the City will not need to make any additional cuts to its 2009 budget. In January, Minneapolis officials revised the City's 2009 budget and made $17 million in cuts in anticipation of state cuts. By taking action early, the City is in a stronger position to deal with the additional cuts in the 2010 budget to make up the Governor’s unallotment.

Over the past several years Minneapolis has eliminated nearly $90 million in debt, controlled its spending much better than the state and made city services more efficient. As a result, the City has balanced its budget every year and will continue to balance its budget in the years ahead.

Although Governor Pawlenty cut from the fund that Minneapolis uses to pay for basic city services, City officials will be working harder than ever to maintain the highest level of service possible, to keep the city safe, and to maintain the public safety gains made in reducing crime for more than two years in a row.

June 17, 2009

Published Jun. 17, 2009