Cities Bulletin

Cities Bulletin

March 25, 2019 Issue 12

Local Officials, Public Works Directors, and Engineers Call for City Street Solutions This Session

City officials gathered at the Capitol March 21 for a press conference to call for dedicated city street funding and flexible policy solutions to be passed this session.

In Other News

House Committee Hears Fire Protection District Bill

The bill would allow local units of government to establish multi-jurisdictional districts.

Legislative Commission Considers Bill to Permanently Extend Phased-Retirement Option

Without action this session, the statute authorizing cities to enter into phased-retirement arrangements will expire on June 30, 2019.

Senate Hears Small Cities LGA Bill

The bill would direct $15 million to cities under 5,000 in population.

Governor’s Supplemental Budget Modifies Municipal Construction Sales Tax Exemption

Gov. Walz had proposed a permanent refund process for the municipal construction sales tax exemption, but he is now making it a temporary change.

Senate Hears Bill Requiring Release of Retainage Before Project Completion

While different from the House version, the bill would still diminish the effectiveness of an important tool cities use to ensure compliance with contract obligations.

Senate Taxes Committee Considers Bills to Help Cities Address Affordable Housing Needs

Creation of a Tax Credit Contribution Fund and a change to the low-income rental classification could help city efforts to address local affordable housing needs.

Senate Introduces Elections Technical Bill

The bill includes several League-supported provisions, including language regarding write-in candidates and the designation of polling places.

Stronger Community Aid Program Legislation Considered

The proposed legislation would create an optional aid program to encourage cities and counties to adopt and implement a set of performance measures.

Full House Passes Bill to Change the Definition of Sexual Harassment

The bill would change the definition of sexually offensive behavior that affects an individual’s employment, public services, education, or housing.

More Information and Resources

Redwood Falls & Mankato Areas: Online Registration Closes on March 29 for the Spring Workshops in Your Region

New 4M Fund Term Series Now Open for a Limited Time: Act by March 27

Get Ready for #MnCities @ the Lake in Duluth This June

Does Public Finance Seem Dry to You? This City Speak Podcast Guest Might Change Your Mind

Save the Date for May: Free Workshops on Conflict Management and Bridging Divides

Learn Safety Tips for Sandbagging, Driving in Floodwater, and Working in Flooded Areas

Minnesota Cities Magazine: What If Your City Had a Cybersecurity Breach?

What Are the Most Common Mistakes Made by City Councils? Free Presentation for City Attorneys in April

Handbook for Minnesota Cities Outlines Powers and Actions for Responding to Spring Flooding

Mayors: Discuss Workforce Readiness This April in Stillwater

Census Planning Update: On the Road With the State Demographer

Using Data to Save Energy and Money—Hear City Case Studies at GreenStep Cities Workshop on April 3

Don't Miss the Chance to Recognize Your City's Leaders and Programs!