Locals spent nearly $8 million lobbying Minn.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report shows local governments spent nearly $8 million lobbying state legislators last year. That includes lobbying by cities, counties, school districts and local government associations.

State auditor Rebecca Otto’s annual lobbying summary released Wednesday shows the $7.8 million spent in 2012 is nearly a half million less than the previous year. Otto says it’s not surprising spending was down last year because the legislative period involved was a shorter bonding session.

The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/1borGWF0 ) reports the 10 communities spent more than $100,000 on state lobbying in 2012 including the municipalities that wanted to be the new home of the Minnesota Vikings stadium. Minneapolis spent nearly $400,000 on stadium lobbying.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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