Public Policy

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

Financial Stats

Few Surprises In Finance Reports By GOP Candidates For Governor

All but one of the GOP candidates made loans to their campaigns.

June 19, 2014

Dayton, Franken have wide leads, new poll says

A new poll says Democratic incumbents Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken have double-digit leads over the Republicans who are challenging them in the November election. The survey, conducted...

June 17, 2014

Possible hurdle for Medtronic-Covidien deal: Congress

The $43 billion deal Medtronic announced late Sunday to acquire Ireland-based competitor Covidien – and save the newly merged company a bundle on U.S. taxes – is not yet a done deal. One possible...

June 17, 2014

St Paul Capitol

MN Chamber Rates State Lawmakers’ Voting Records

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce published a report that outlines its stance on bills and how lawmakers voted on them throughout the 2014 session.

June 17, 2014

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