Legislators Propose Increasing LGA Appropriation to 2002 Level

The legislation would add $57 million to the LGA appropriation, beginning with the 2015 calendar year distribution.
(Published Mar 10, 2014)

Sen. Lyle Koenen (DFL-Clara City) and Rep. Erik Simonson (DFL-Duluth) last week introduced legislation that would increase the appropriation to the local government aid (LGA) program by $57 million, beginning with the 2015 calendar year distribution.

For 2014, the LGA program is scheduled to distribute $507.6 million. The current law appropriation is scheduled in increase by $1.5 million for 2015 to $509.1 million. Under the Koenen/Simonson legislation, the appropriation would increase to $564.9 million, the level the LGA program was funded at in 2002.

The House bill, HF 2689, is co-authored by Reps. Mary Sawatzky (DFL-Willmar), Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake), Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls), Ben Lien (DFL-Moorhead), Clark Johnson (DFL-North Mankato), Jay McNamar (DFL-Elbow Lake) and Mary Franson (R-Alexandria).

The Senate bill, SF 2292, is co-authored by John Hoffman (DFL-Champlin), Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley) and Tom Saxhaug (DFL-Grand Rapids).

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