Mayors optimistic but worried deficit could hurt local aid
Gov. Jesse Ventura's finance commissioner once famously announced that the state had "a boatload of money."
The big debate then was who got the most new money. Since then, state finance officials have looked under every financial cushion for all the spare change they could find, changing the debate to who would lose money. In city leaders' opinions, those funds - and they say it has not been pocket change - too often came from their coffers.
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