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February 15, 2010
Locally, Pawlenty's proposal equals pain
Drastic budget cuts could be on the way in Newport and St. Paul Park, the mayors of each city said Monday, after Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced $250 million in added cuts to city and county government aid as part of his proposed 2010 budget plan. Newport is set to lose $226,000 in aid...
February 15, 2010 - 4:06pm
January 6, 2010
Letter: Don't start cutting at the bottom
After talking to Denny McNamara about how to cut the state's budget deficit and how impact can be minimized, we do agree that staffing cuts have long been decided by top management and therefore they tend to protect the jobs near the top. I work for the veterans home in Hastings...
January 6, 2010 - 10:16am
December 3, 2009
Pawlenty considers new local aid cut
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty may target local governments as he looks for ways to plug continued budget deficits. Shortly after his aides announced...
December 3, 2009 - 8:59am
December 2, 2009
Commissioners rip Pulkrabek budget plan
Washington County Board members criticized fellow Commissioner Bill Pulkrabek for his proposal to cut $834,000 in county spending next year, calling it ill-timed and arbitrary. Pulkrabek released the list Tuesday, just two weeks ahead of a final budget vote.
December 2, 2009 - 9:38am
October 14, 2009
County wants unions to talk wage freeze
Grappling with a tight budget plan, Washington County wants some employee unions to reconsider pay increases guaranteed by contract. The county is asking four unions with contracts in place through next year to reopen those contracts so wages can be renegotiated. The goal, some...
October 14, 2009 - 7:50am
September 30, 2009
Our view: Not the time to cut housing help
County Commissioner Lisa Weik, who is arguing to cut taxpayer funding for the Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, compared it to 4-H, saying both were non-essential services. Before attempting to follow through with such a bold idea, Weik may want to consider...
September 30, 2009 - 8:10am
July 27, 2009
County to cut up to 15 jobs
Washington County officials delivered an early snapshot of the 2010 budget last week, telling the five county commissioners that up to 15 full-time jobs will be cut, service levels to residents will continue to fall and the county will have to dip into its savings to balance next...
July 27, 2009 - 7:49am
July 9, 2009
County reduces contract with HSI
Washington County commissioners voted to revise the county's contract with Human Services, Inc., the nonprofit agency that provides domestic abuse treatment services in the county. The new contract is not to exceed $25,000, which reduces the county's funding for domestic violence...
July 9, 2009 - 7:52am
June 26, 2009
POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Cities won't sue over unallotment
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty announces on the first day of Minnesota's new budget cycle just what he will cut from the budget. There should be no surprises, only little changes from what he said he could trim a couple of weeks ago.
June 26, 2009 - 2:17pm
June 19, 2009
Democrats call unallotment illegal
ST. PAUL - Democrats claim Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to cut $2.7 billion from the state budget is illegal. Democratic legislative leaders Thursday...
June 19, 2009 - 8:25am
June 17, 2009
Pawlenty lays out his budget cuts
ST. PAUL - Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Minnesota's largest-ever budget cut Tuesday, reducing state aid to local governments, lowering health-care...
June 17, 2009 - 6:25am
Horning in on peace and quiet
Bruce Coltvet hears it 20, sometimes 30 times a day from his southern Cottage Grove home: the ear-splitting blast of a train horn is all-too-familiar...
June 17, 2009 - 1:01am
May 27, 2009
CG Council looks at furloughs, considers new staff position
Cottage Grove City Council members formally discussed furloughing Community Development Department staff at a council workshop last Wednesday -- and then debated a move that could add a staff member to city hall later this year. The two discussions dealt with differing needs facing...
May 27, 2009 - 7:57am
BRIEFLY: Transit faces cuts
ST. PAUL - Transit programs would receive less money under a House-passed bill, part of an effort to balance the state budget. Still, the House...
April 27, 2009 - 8:02am
April 23, 2009
Hospitals: Budget cuts will affect service
ST. PAUL - Sue Klabo said Minnesota hospitals like the one she leads face "grave" circumstances if state policymakers make deep health-care budget...
April 23, 2009 - 8:06am