Minnesota Hammers Away On Budget
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota state budget officials say state programs stand to lose $90 million a year in federal funds due to across-the-board spending cuts.
State Budget Director Margaret Kelly briefed Minnesota lawmakers Friday on effects of the federal sequestration. She says it's still largely unknown how those spending reductions could play out in the coming weeks and months.
Kelly says some of the $90 million in federal reductions could be offset by specified increases in funding approved by Congress.
Areas where cuts have been noticeable so far include Head Start programs serving infants, toddlers and preschool children from lower-income families. Minnesota's Head Start Association says state programs got notices on March 1 to start making enrollment reductions that are likely to mean hundreds of young children losing services.
Bed Bug Lawsuit
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) Two people have filed a lawsuit on behalf of more than 50 residents and former residents of a Mount Pleasant apartment complex, saying they've dealt with health-related problems because of a long-running bedbug infestation. The lawsuit filed last month claims the owners of Maple Leaf Apartments failed to eliminate the infestation despite numerous requests from tenants.
Retiring TIF Diversion Considered
It's not often that the city of La Crosse has a TIF district retire.
Finance Committee to Vote on Oktoberfest Room Tax Plan
Room tax money could be diverted back into La Crosse city hall general fund
New TIF in the Works for La Crosse
Creation of a new TIF district could be on the way for the city of La