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Strained budgets lead to lags in upkeep

Jay Kiedrowski addresses the consequences of cutbacks on city infrastructure.

The role of cities is fundamentally changing, said Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School and a former Minnesota Commissioner of Finance. "What voters said in the '80s and '90s was they wanted to see [cities] expand services and have more programs in the parks and more library hours and make sure the streets were getting repaved," he says. "But in the 2000s, as resources have been cut, cities have had to pull back on some of those commitments."

MPR News
October 26, 2011

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