Minnesota State Representative Diane Loeffler

Fiscal Management

"State budgets and funding policies must fairly address the unique challenges our city faces as the major city of Minnesota. By implementing more efficient and effective ways of doing business we will free up needed funds for our many unmet needs in education and other priority areas. Every tax dollar should work as hard as the person that earned it."
Diane Loeffler

Diane will work for:

  • Ensuring Minneapolis gets its fair share in funding formulas.
  • Funding for priority services (education, property tax relief, etc.) over subsidies for selected businesses.
  • Innovative approaches to service delivery that reduce costs and get better results.
  • Minimizing the reliance on property taxes.
  • Reliable state partnership in funding locally delivered but state mandated services. The costs should not be shifted to our city, school and county budgets.

Diane's a responsible watchdog of the public purse. Given the current economic climate, the state will not have a lot, if any, new money to spend. Indeed we need to address whether our property taxes are too high. So we must make every tax dollar count.

Diane has worked on multi-million dollar budgets and has a reputation for creatively stretching each dollar. We have too many unmet needs in education and other priority areas.

Diane knows her way around the complex formulas that distribute funds to our city, school, and county. While working at the League of Minnesota Cities, Diane united the majority of the 855 cities behind a new local government formula. That didn't happen again for another 6 years. Diane has shown she can balance the competing interests of different areas of the state and come out with a formula that works. She'll be able to hold her own in tough negotiations on formulas that are out of balance and don't fairly take into consideration the unique problems our city faces.

When Diane worked as the senior financial analyst in the Minneapolis Budget Office, our property tax rates went down four years in a row and we didn't cut the basics: police, fire, parks or our libraries. Instead Diane and her peers changed the way the city did business by using the good ideas of city employees, residents, and by comparing our costs, service delivery and revenues with other similar cities.