The check would be in the mail, but . . .

City officials have been on tenterhooks in Minnesota for a long time, wondering whether they will receive the state aid alloted to them under formulas for Local Government Aid and the Market Value Homestead Credit.

The budget stalemate between the governor and legislators has prolonged the suspense, and we’re nearing the July 20 date checks are supposed to be sent out.

So the League of Minnesota Cities offers this cold comfort.

The amounts certified last year don’t require any further action, so if nobody does anything, cities should get the amounts they were told they would get. On the other hand, the League notes, if state government shuts down, there may not be anyone to mail out the checks.

Perhaps automatic deposit would work.

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