(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Local Government Aid has become a vital part of the budget for cities around Minnesota. In recent years, it's also been a way for lawmakers to help balance the state budget.
But now, cities leaders are cautiously optimistic that the trend is about to change.
"local government aid is huge," said Austin city administrator Jim Hurm.
And because it's a huge cost to the state, it's seen its share of cuts as lawmakers worked to cut the state's budget.
"In the past ten years we've been somewhat in a budget crisis mode every year," said Rochester city administrator Steven Kvenvold. “Basically the city made up a loss of local government aid with increases in property taxes."
But when lawmakers approved the newest edition of the state budget, it included reinstating some of the LGA.