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Issue Position: Preserving and Enhancing our Quality of Urban Life

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Our urban quality of life is built on safe neighborhoods, strong, reliable transportation options, and affordable public services. For Minnesota a high quality of urban life is a strategic advantage to attracting and retaining the next generation of businesses and employees to the state.

*Funding Local Government Aid at the formula level allowing cities like Minneapolis to provide affordable and comprehensive services to residents and businesses.

*Public safety is a large portion of the city's general fund budget and everyone benefits when we have safe neighborhoods for all.

*We must continue in our efforts to plan and build light rail, bus rapid transit, and neighborhood transit options while keeping fares affordable.

*The GOP elimination of the Market Value Homestead Credit, after ten years of steadily rising property taxes driven by state actions has further stressed property taxpayers. Reform is needed to assure that high quality government services are affordable and that cities like Minneapolis that provide services to tens of thousands of non-residents daily can do so without burdening their residents.

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