These are tough times at city hall. When the City of Minneapolis holds hearings next month on R.T. Rybak's 2003 budget proposal, the mayor will be asking for a 1.7 percent reduction in city spending, despite skyrocketing health-insurance costs for city workers and a debt load that threatens to consume 9 percent of the budget. Rybak will also find himself in the uncomfortable position of asking for an 8 percent hike... More >>>