Leaders of cities from around Minnesota launched a lobbying blitz at the State Capitol on Wednesday as legislators struggled for a breakthrough on major sticking points in the final two weeks of the session.
City officials met with legislators. They held a news conference. They gave out 350 vanilla sundae cones, ice cream sandwiches, and strawberry ice cream bars.
“The fact is, we really have a chance to make this a do-something session … instead of all the talk about a do-nothing session,” said Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski.
The mayors and council members of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities are pushing for an increase in state aid to local governments, a bonding bill with funding for clean water programs, and a transportation package that would fund repairs for city streets and commercial corridors with a gas tax increase.