Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Tax Levy vs. State LGA Funding

Here’s a (blurry) chart courtesy of Star Tribune reporter Eric Roper’s Twitter feed showing the relationship between Minneapolis’ property tax levy and state LGA funding. (This presumably comes from a powerpoint on the proposed budget):


[Red line = state LGA funds; blue bars = total Minneapolis property tax levy.]

There’s a discussion of it on Roper’s twitter. LGA funding is state funding to cities intended to shift more of our collective tax burden from regressive property taxes into progressive income taxes. Minneapolis, as the largest city in the state, has long been the #1 recipient of LGA funding. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.

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2 Responses to Chart of the Day: Minneapolis Tax Levy vs. State LGA Funding

  1. Walker Angell
    Walker Angell November 13, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    It’d be interesting to see the actual chart. It looks like he’s using two different scales which might skew the results a bit and my tired old eyes can’t make it out. A stacked bar using a single scale would seem more appropriate.

    • Bill Lindeke
      Bill Lindeke November 13, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      The overall budget ($270-280M or so) is much larger than the LGA funding ($70-80M).

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