Public Policy

How much should we spend on rural Internet help? Lawmakers are divided

Less than half of the households in 29 rural Minnesota counties have access to broadband, according to a statement released last week. “If this was telephone or electricity, people would be...

April 17, 2016


Dayton Remains Biggest Hurdle In Fireworks Legalization

A bill allowing aerial fireworks already passed the House and could make it through the Senate. But the governor has public safety concerns.

April 14, 2016

MN lost 2,900 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate is the same

The state lost 2,900 jobs last month, but the overall unemployment rate stayed the same for the fifth straight month. The seasonally adjusted rate checked in at 3.7 percent for March, the...

April 14, 2016

Fast food workers in MN protest as part of Fight for $15 movement

Fast food workers in Minnesota are joining with colleagues across the country in protesting working conditions and low wages Thursday. The protest in the Twin Cities, organized by the group Centro...

April 14, 2016


Will Lawmakers Change Income, Estate Tax Rules This Year?

Peter Nelson of the Center for the American Experiment spoke to the state’s legislative body and believes change could happen, but maybe not this year.

April 13, 2016

Report: Race is the driving factor behind economic gaps in the Twin Cities

Race and ethnicity are driving disparities in the Twin Cities more than any other demographic trait, according to a new report released Tuesday. The Metropolitan Council – the policy-making and...

April 12, 2016

Gov. Dayton requests another extension for Real ID

Gov. Mark Dayton has asked Homeland Security to allow Minnesotans to use their IDs to get into federal buildings and military bases until the state legislature passes Real ID. Dayton sent a letter...

April 11, 2016

House GOP unveils spending budget, faces criticism from Democrats

Republicans in the Minnesota House say they want no net increase in state spending this year. That’s part of a budget outline they revealed on Thursday. According to the GOP’s statement...

April 07, 2016

Groups lay out ideas to help fix 'unacceptable' racial disparities in MN

Community leaders pitched a handful of proposals to lawmakers Wednesday aimed at helping address the significant equity disparities between black and white Minnesotans. The proposals put forward...

April 06, 2016

Fiscal Disparities

Property Taxes: Which Cities Give And Which Take In Twin Cities Region?

Under the 1971 Fiscal Disparities Act, the Twin Cities region shared $594 million in tax revenue among nearly 200 taxing entities in 2015.

April 05, 2016

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