City of Duluth Priorities Included in Tax Bill Under Review

Updated: May 23, 2019 06:46 PM

The City of Duluth says several of their priorities are included in a tax bill reviewed by the Senate and House Thursday, leading to a "critical possitive step in the legislative session."

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The bill includes the half-percent increase in sales tax for street project funding, $100 million for the Essentia Health-St. Luke's Hospital medical district, and an increase in Local Government Aid (LGA). The additional LGA will help the city pay bills and fund things like pothole repair.

The Senate and House will pass the tax bill onto Governor Walz, who will call a special session in the coming days to request that the Minnesota Legislature finish the work of the state.

Mayor Emily Larson said in a statement,  “If everything moves ahead into a special session as it currently stands, this will be a tremendously successful legislative year for Duluth.”

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