Public Policy

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

100s

Minnesotans Get 2nd-Smallest Portion Of Their Taxes Back

Minnesota taxpayers recoup less than 10 percent of the individual income taxes they contribute, whereas Mississippians get back more than 30 percent.

April 02, 2014

Unpause: Department of Revenue gives go-ahead to file taxes

Tax forms and filing programs have been updated – the Department of Revenue says Minnesotans should start doing their taxes now. Our software and software of all certified tax software vendors has...

April 02, 2014

Minnesota legislators hope state can benefit from ND's oil boom

A proposed study would look at how Minnesota can use North Dakota’s oil boom for its own benefit. North Dakota was second in the nation in oil production in 2013, behind Texas, according to...

April 02, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton

Dayton, Lawmakers Agree To Boost Pay For Care Workers

The $14 million provision included in Governor Mark Dayton’s budget funds the equivalent of about 218 full-time employees in the Department of Human Services.

April 02, 2014

MN Business Leaders Identify Their Legislative Priorities

In a recent poll, Minnesota business leaders identified the issues they'd prefer to see lawmakers address this session.

April 01, 2014

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