One thing the Legislature did this week was raise the amount of money the state will send to local governments to help them provide basic services.
Minnesota cities overall will get $80 million, or about 18 percent, more next year than this year. The program has been a sore spot for city officials in recent years.
MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Dave Peters, who directs MPR's Ground Level project on community issues, about local government aid.
He's been talking to some local officials the past few days about how they might spend the money.