Public Policy

Dayton formally requests federal flood aid, cites $55M in damage

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent a letter to President Barack Obama Wednesday requesting federal disaster aid to help pay for damages caused by June’s heavy rains, widespread flooding and...

July 09, 2014

Maple Grove City Councilwoman faces pressure to resign after serving jail time

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has filed an appeal in the state Court of Appeals in an effort to oust a member of Maple Grove City Council. The Star Tribune reports that Maple Grove...

July 09, 2014

Mpls Strikes Deal With Transit Planners For SW Light-Rail

A Met Council leader touted the proposed deal as a “win-win,” while Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges characterized it more as a sacrifice that the city would make for the greater good of improving Twin Cities transit.

July 08, 2014

5 Minnesotans are interns at the White House

Five Minnesotans are among the White House’s 140 summer interns. The Star Tribune says the following college students were selected from across the country to participate in the program...

July 06, 2014

Flood damage in Minnesota: $32 million and climbing

As flood waters continue receding in many parts of Minnesota, the first estimates of the damage caused by those floods are starting to come in. Gov. Mark Dayton and his emergency managers reported...

July 01, 2014

New laws : E-cigarette restrictions, bee studies, part-time police phased out

A number of new Minnesota laws take effect July 1, including new restrictions on where smokers can puff away on e-cigarettes. Under the new law, e-cigarette use will be banned in day care centers...

June 30, 2014

Research

How Do Mpls. Business Taxes Compare On An Int’l Stage?

While the Twin Cities’ corporate tax structure is lower than those in many major cities throughout the world, it’s higher than those in major metros in places like Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

June 24, 2014

Seniors, state agencies say Xcel Energy rate hike request too high

Minnesota’s largest utility Xcel Energy has told the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission that it needs a rate hike of hike of $291 million — or 10.4 percent — over two years. KARE reports that...

June 24, 2014

Local Minnesota governments spent $8M on lobbying in 2013

Local governments in Minnesota spent more than $8 million in 2013 lobbying the Legislature and other units of government, a 3.3 percent increase over the amount spent the year before, according to...

June 24, 2014

Obama to highlight minimum wage increase in Minnesota visit

President Barack Obama is planning to visit Minnesota Thursday in part to show support for the state’s action to increase the minimum wage, the Associated Press reports. Minnesota’s...

June 21, 2014

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