ST. PAUL — Good economic news looks like it will lead to a few Democratic squabbles over how to spend a budget surplus, with Minnesotans wondering if they will see taxes fall or state spending increase. “I’m happy to be here to deliver this budget forecast, not the weather forecast,” Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota Management and Budget said Friday, as snow began to fall in St.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota property taxes did not fall as much as the Dayton administration said they would. A one-page report that appeared without notice on the state Revenue Department website late Friday afternoon indicated the property taxes fell $8 million in 2014, far short of the $121 million the governor and his revenue commission predicted at the end of July. Republicans, on the other hand, call it a tax increase. The Revenue Department reports city, county and township property taxes rose $65 million in 2014.
ST. PAUL — Expect a minimum wage increase, but no tax increase, when Minnesota legislators return to St.
ST. PAUL — Rural Minnesotans’ ears will be burning when state legislators return to the Capitol Feb. 25 for their 2014 session. House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, promises a variety of greater Minnesota issues will be debated, especially a provision to lower ever-increasing property taxes on some farmland. Thissen’s list ranges from removing a tax on farm implement repair that costs Minnesota farmers $2 million a month to providing more greater Minnesota economic development assistance.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House speaker will not allow any legislation to pass this year setting an amount PolyMet Mining Corp. should set aside to fix environmental damage done by its proposed copper-nickel mine. “We are not taking up any legislation related to mining, one way or the other,” House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, told Forum News Service on Friday.
ST. PAUL — Debate about online gambling already is hot, but it just got spicy. Spicy 7’s to be precise. That is the new Minnesota Lottery online scratch-off game that lottery officials say will not increase gambling, but critics bet the other way. The game is simple: A player sees a tic-tac-toe-like game board and uses a computer mouse to click on squares, hoping to get three 7s in a row.
ST. PAUL — Hibbing Mayor Rick Cannata says he knows what it is like to financially struggle while raising a family. The mayor told Minnesota Capitol reporters Thursday that his experience raising three children when his wife earned minimum wage provided him with insight into why the state needs to raise the minimum wage to $9.50 an hour and allow it to automatically increase to match inflation. Today’s parents earning minimum wage “are hurting even more” than his family did a few years ago, Cannata said. On the Iron Range, it may be even more important to raise wages, he said.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans gave U.S. Senate candidate Julianne Ortman and governor candidate Marty Seifert bragging rights at Tuesday night's precinct caucuses. With 97 percent of straw poll votes...
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Republicans gave early leads to Marty Seifert in the governor's race as Julianne Ortman and Mike McFadden ran a tight U.S. Senate contest in a Tuesday night straw poll at precinct caucuses around the state. With about a quarter of the state's Republican Party units reporting, results were far from certain in statewide straw polls for the two races. Candidates competed for bragging rights and a leg up in fundraising as thousands of Minnesotans gathered in precinct caucuses across the state.
DON DAVIS Forum News Service ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton leads an all-Minnesota or all-Minneapolis ticket in the 2014 election campaign, depending on who is telling the story. Tuesday’s announcement of his chief of staff, Tina Smith as his running mate drew immediate criticism from Republicans and questions from political reporters accustomed to seeing attempts to geographically balance governor-lieutenant governor tickets. Dayton and Smith said they look at the state as one and tried to downplay the fact that both are from Minneapolis.