St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced plans to close a $17 million dollar budget deficit by the year 2010, vowing to make key investments for the future while providing better services at a better price.
It seems that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak recently faced the same budget cut challenges that Coleman did as a result of Governor Tim Pawlenty's veto of a state spending bill. Coleman called for a special session to address state money for Minnesota's cities including St. Paul. Rybak remains encouraged by Minneapolis' ability to pay off debt in spite of the Governor's decisions.
This story was submitted by Benno Groeneveld on August 14, 2007.