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Abortion, Appleton prison, MNsure all part of House's latest big bill

Late into the night, and after 12 hours of discussion, the Minnesota House passed a large bill that touches on MNsure, private prisons, state spending and more. The omnibus bill (meaning it’s...

April 29, 2016

Anoka Ramsey

Could State Skills Program Benefit Minority-Owned Businesses?

Though the MJSP has awarded millions in grants over the years, some say the state could do much more to make sure minority-owned businesses are taking advantage of such opportunities.

April 26, 2016

MN House limits spending increases for schools, holds line on higher ed

The Minnesota House passed an education bill Monday night that frees up some extra money for school districts by refinancing loans but includes no additional money for the state’s colleges...

April 25, 2016

Dayton Hires Equity Veteran To Tackle State’s Economic Disparities

Karen Francois previously served in a similar department at the City of Minneapolis.

April 21, 2016


Legislators Still Far Apart On Issues Halfway Through Session

Taking shots at the other side's math is a long-held tradition in St. Paul. Yet the difference in the numbers being bandied about on taxes, transportation and bonding hint at a formidable problem for lawmakers.

April 19, 2016

Dayton names Shawntera Hardy as new DEED commissioner

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Shawntera Hardy to be the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This comes after current Commissioner Katie...

April 14, 2016

As Senate DFL releases budget plan, Legislature ready for compromise – or impasse

DFLers who lead the Minnesota Senate released their financial targets for revising Minnesota’s budget Wednesday. Now they have a little more than a month to see if they can find common ground...

April 13, 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

Gov. Dayton bans state travel to Mississippi after it passes 'religious freedom' law

Gov. Mark Dayton has joined the boycott of Mississippi. The governor has written a letter to state employees, calling for an end to all non-essential travel to Mississippi because of a...

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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