Public Policy

MNsure chooses new contractor for website in advance of audit

The state health insurance exchange, MNsure, has contracted with a company that will take over the agency’s website and technical operations. The Star Tribune reports MNsure Interim CEO Scott Leitz...

April 09, 2014

Tax time list shows Minnesotans taxed at 6th-highest rate

As the deadline to Tax Day approaches, so does the focus on the amount of taxes we pay. WCCO reports that when all the taxes are added up and factored in, Minnesota has the sixth-highest tax rate...

April 09, 2014

Minnesota Lottery's Online Push Hits Bipartisan Legislative Wall

This February, the Lottery's online presence advanced to the point that players could purchase instant scratch-off tickets online.

April 08, 2014

Brooklyn Park seeks to rebrand; says perception as crime-ridden is unfair

Add Brooklyn Park to the list of Minnesota communities unhappy with its public perception. In November, FOX 9 reported city leaders were unhappy with being labeled as a hub of crime, poverty and...

April 08, 2014

Scaled-down Senate office building gets final OK

A Minnesota Senate committee has given final legislative approval to construction of a new $77 million office building which will house the state’s senators.  The Senate Rules committee voted...

April 07, 2014

St Paul Capitol

Planned $9.50 Min. Wage May Rise With Inflation

Lawmakers in Minnesota, currently home to one of the country’s lowest minimum wages, have reached a deal to hike the minimum hourly pay to $9.50 over the next few years.

April 07, 2014

Commission to decide if MNsure needs in-depth audit

A legislative commission will decide this week if MNsure should undergo an in-depth audit, according to media reports. Minnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace was plagued with...

April 06, 2014

Senate building plan loses reflecting pool, gym; passes key House committee

After a two-month hold-up, a key House committee approved a plan for a new Senate office building – although without some of the gaudier features of the original blueprints. The House Rules and...

April 05, 2014

Tax cuts, the sequel: House OKs another $103 million

Let there be no mistake: tax cuts are popular. Just look at the Minnesota House of Representatives. A couple of weeks after approving a tax cut package of more than $400 million, House members went...

April 04, 2014

Minneapolis objects, but committee approves Southwest LRT tunnels

The Southwest light-rail project has lurched forward. Metro leaders voted in favor of putting the Southwest light rail in a tunnel through Minneapolis’ Kenilworth corridor, despite opposition...

April 02, 2014

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