Special Session Adjourns After Minnesota Legislature Passes $48.3 Billion Budget

There will be no general tax increase, and no gas tax hike. But there will be a cut in the income tax rate for middle-income earners while a tax on medical providers will continue.

Mixing Politics and Business: A Breakdown of the Minnesota House by Profession

Breaking down the Minnesota House by profession.

As Lawmakers Take a Holiday Break, Here’s Where Things Stand at the Minnesota Legislature

There are stark differences in philosophy and strategy between the DFL-led House and GOP-run Senate, divisions best illustrated by each side’s omnibus spending and policy bills.

How Big Pharma Became the Biggest Villain of the 2019 Minnesota Legislature

Pharma has become such an inviting target that in a Legislature that can't agree on anything, multiple bills taking on the industry are still alive in both the DFL-controlled House and a GOP-controlled Senate.

Some of MN’s Lowest-Paid Workers, the St. Paul Saints Players, May Become Exempt from Minimum Wage Laws

The St. Paul Saints, the minor league baseball team that plays home games at the heavily public subsidized CHS Field in Lowertown, is 1.2 miles away from the state Capitol.

Walz, Senate Republicans at Odds Over Solution to Affordable Housing Crisis

One proposal, which has bipartisan support, would allow those who donate to affordable housing projects to take a dollar-for-dollar credit off of their state income tax bill.

The Legislature Really Wants to Help and/or Hurt Minnesota Cities Setting Municipal ID Programs

Municipal IDs are aimed at providing identification to people who are unwilling or unable to get state driver’s licenses or IDs, often because they are undocumented immigrants.

‘We’ll Fight for This One’: Gazelka Says Bill Creating Tax Credits for Private School Scholarships is a GOP Priority

The Equity and Opportunity Scholarship Act would allow donations to scholarship foundations to be credited against state income taxes. The foundations would use the money to give private school scholarships to low- and middle-income students.

New Bill Wants to Stop Cities from Setting Their Own Wage, Benefit Rules

Preemption was a more potent issue over the last four years, when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.

Why Legalizing Sports Betting (Still) Faces Such Long Odds at the Legislature This Year

A Senate bill to partially legalize sports books in Minnesota narrowly passed out of its first committee Thursday, but the Senate majority leader isn’t keen on the idea, and the state’s 11 Native American tribes are opposed.

Company Confidential

The new federal trade secrets law has major ramifications for intellectual property and employment disputes.

Does Minneapolis Have Too Many—Or Too Few—Rules Governing Food Trucks?

Some downtown building owners think Minneapolis should tighten regulations, while food truck operators think the city should give them more freedom.

Good Jobs, Zero Bedrooms

Employment is booming across greater Minnesota, but acute housing shortages threaten the prosperity.

How Has Minnesota's Health Insurance Exchange Performed?

With open enrollment for 2017 just two months away, TCB looks at key numbers from the first three years of the ACA-mandated exchanges to predict where those numbers may go.

Judge Says Minneapolis Can Vote On $15 Minimum Wage

Minneapolis City Council had blocked the initiative from reaching the ballot earlier this month.

Who Earns The Minimum Wage In Minnesota?

As the minimum wage gets its third annual increase, how many people still actually earn it?

Report: White Workers In MN Earn Thousands More Than Other Racial Groups

Asian and white Minnesotans were also found to be 15 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher than American Indians and African Americans.

Secrecy and Subsidies

Behind the state's deal to bring new jobs to Hoyt Lakes.

The Vikings Stadium's Payoff

The results are almost in. Will U.S. Bank Stadium deliver on its promises?

What's Going On With Redevelopment Of St. Paul's Ford Plant Site?

Most of the plans and studies are complete. An environmental study has concluded that a cleanup is possible and affordable. And Ford is finally prepared to lay out a more firm timetable for redevelopment.

Four Minnesota Agencies Form Partnership To Improve Antibiotic Usage

An estimated 23,000 Americans die each year due to bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics.

Paid Leave Rules And A Higher Minimum Wage Are Popular In Minneapolis - But Are They Legal?

Minnesota doesn't have a law explicitly preventing cities from enacting their own wage and benefit ordinances, but that doesn't mean it's clear that doing so is legal.

Minneapolis Wants Co-ops

The city is launching a program to promote the creation of more member-owned commercial enterprises.

Why Does Downtown Minneapolis Still Have A Lot Of Surface Parking Lots? It's Complicated

Can the City of Minneapolis really use the property assessment process to incentivize owners to either develop parking lots — or sell the land to someone who will?

Will Minnesota Business Be Affected By Brexit?

Two partners at Faegre Baker Daniels’ London office discuss the intricacies of Brexit and why Minnesotans should be paying attention.

Minnesota Commercial Property Taxes Among Nation's Highest

The state's Chamber of Commerce continues its call on lawmakers to eliminate the statewide general property tax.

A Series Of Small Fights Reveals Deep Divisions Over The Future Of St. Paul

A city that is getting younger, more racially diverse and more urban is grappling with what it will look like in coming years.

Have The Political Winds Finally Shifted On Lifting The Cuban Embargo?

Americans oppose the continuation of the embargo by a large margin. Congress might be starting to notice.

Will A $2,000 Tuition Hike Hurt The U’s Ability To Recruit Out-Of-State Students?

Because they generally pay higher tuition, out-of-state students are a key part of the University of Minnesota’s annual budget—especially in the face of decreasing support of the school from legislators in St. Paul.

‘The Challenges We Have Are Clear’: A Q&A With New DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy

Hardy’s appointment comes at a time when the Governor and policymakers are increasingly emphasizing equity in conversations about the state’s economy.

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