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Under the AMC proposal, county road maintenance operators such as Ed Branham would perform double duty maintaining the five state highways in Hubbard County and county roadways. Department heads have been asked to prepare estimates of what the plan would potentially cost local taxpayers.(Sarah Smith/Enterprise)

Reforms proposals by Association of Minnesota Counties would save state money by shifting duties to local governments

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A sweeping set of reforms that would shift many state duties onto counties was unveiled this week, potentially saving the state $945 million over two years.


But the trial balloon is going over like a lead zeppelin locally. County officials wonder if it's simply another unfunded mandate, one delivered in a differently wrapped package.

Where will the money come from, they're wondering.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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