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Why did the Accident Victim Cross the Road?

Our neighbors in North Saint Paul have passed a new ordinance charging "a $350 fee for non-residents who require emergency services in the city following a car accident," reports the Maplewood Review. On some of our border streets, will this mean whether or not you are billed the fee depends on if you were in the eastbound or westbound lane? (And if you have a choice of which side of the road to pull over to, should this influence your decision?)

In any case, expect to see more things like this in cities all over the state, as they try to hold down property taxes while recovering from the hit-and-run of past LGA/MVHC unallotments and trying to scramble out of the way of the semi-trailer of future state budget woes that is still barreling down the fiscal highway.

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