Local Minnesota governments and associations spent $9.7M lobbying in 2019

Local governments are spending more taxpayer money on lobbying year-over-year.

State Auditor Julie Blaha stated in a new report that local governments and associations spent a total of $9.7 million lobbying in 2019, a $957,530 increase from 2018.

Of the $9.7 million: Local governments using staff or contract lobbyists spent $5.1 million, and local government associations spent the remaining $4.6 million.

“The Local Government Lobbying Services Report is a great example of the role the Office of the State Auditor has in providing transparency in local government finances,” Blaha said in a
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