BY COUNCILOR NESS:
WHEREAS, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities was founded on the belief that cities in greater Minnesota can accomplish more by working together at the legislature than by working separately; and
WHEREAS, the coalition has become an effective advocacy organization on issues critical to the health of greater Minnesota cities; and
WHEREAS, the CGMC has been an aggressive advocate for Local Government Aid, which has provided considerable benefit to the taxpayers of Duluth. In 2003, the governor recommended cutting LGA by $358 million. After intensive lobbying by the CGMC, the aid was reduced by $150 million, saving Duluth $6.7 million; and
WHEREAS, the Minnesota house in 2005 sought to cut $1.07 million in local government aid due the city of Duluth, and CGMC lobbying efforts resulted in Duluth receiving an extra $1.07 million in LGA, a difference of $2.14 million; and
WHEREAS, the CGMC created, has advocated for and successfully passed economic development and redevelopment grant programs that have provided Cirrus with $1,250,000, the Heritage Sports Center with $935,000, and St. Mary’s with $500,000; and
WHEREAS, while local legislators may support some local issues, it often takes statewide pressure from a non-partisan group such as the CGMC to influence legislators from both parties to support issues crucial to greater Minnesota; and
WHEREAS, the CGMC is an advocacy group for greater Minnesota issues only and does not duplicate the services provided by the League of Minnesota Cities or individual city lobbyists.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Duluth City Council encourages the mayor and his administration to engage the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities in negotiations to join the coalition.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution shows the council’s wish to join an organization.