Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit Returns

The program, which was revived by the Minnesota Legislature this year, allows investors to claim a tax credit on investments in startups.

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.

Dayton Declares November As "Family Business Awareness Month"

Family businesses make up 90 percent of U.S. businesses and 80 percent of the nation’s workforce.

The First Hurdle For Sick Leave Policy In Minneapolis: Agreeing On Who Should Study It

The city council wants a "partnership group" of 15 residents to study paid sick leave. Now comes the hard part: deciding who should serve on the panel.

FAA Approves Sentera For Drone Use

The approval will enhance the company's ability to provide data to its customers.

Why Local Officials Aren't Freaking Out About The $1.48B Price Tag For Bottineau LRT

One reason is that the previous estimate of $1 billion was always something of a place saver, put there only after preliminary calculations were done early in the planning process.

Bottineau LRT Price Estimate Jumps $500M

The total price of the project is now expected to be $1.48 billion.

Should Local Beer Cos. Worry About The Macro-Brew Merger?

Even if you never drink beers produced by SABMiller, Anheuser-Busch InBev or their biggest competitors, the merger’s effects may trickle into the smallest corners of the $100-billion-per-year beer industry.

Transit Showdown In The Southwest Metro

Can SouthWest Transit’s express bus system survive Southwest LRT? Should it?

The Rise And Fall Of Minneapolis' Working Families Agenda

Six months after Mayor Betsy Hodges made the agenda the focus of her state of the city address, the once-ambitious plan is now a lot less ambitious.

Hodges Backs Off On Calls For A Fair-Scheduling Ordinance

In a statement released today, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said concerns raised by businesses will take longer to resolve than the current timetable for passage of an ordinance allows.

Can A Regional Initiative Make Minnesota More Welcoming To Outsiders?

A partnership of more than 50 regional organizations, “Make It. MSP” is aimed at retaining and recruiting workers. Among its initiatives: an effort to make natives more open to those who weren't born here.

Minneapolis Fair-Scheduling Ordinance Would Be The Most Sweeping In The Country

Only San Francisco has anything similar to what's being proposed for employers in Minneapolis. But while the local ordinance would cover every employee in the city, San Francisco's covers relatively few.

Minneapolis Moving Forward On New Worker Protections, Will Consider Minimum-Wage Study

While the council appears united on issues like mandatory sick leave and fair scheduling rules, there is no consensus on whether Minneapolis should go it alone on a higher minimum wage.

Southwest LRT Won't Go Forward Without Legislative Approval, Says Met Council Chair

Adam Duininck says the council has backed away from an earlier plan that would have sidestepped the need for the Legislature to sign off on the state’s share of SWLRT funding.

Proposal For Turbines At St. Anthony Falls Is Already Generating Plenty Of Opposition

The company proposing the project says it's a way to provide clean energy. But neighborhood residents and city officials worry about its impact on an iconic part of Minneapolis.

Meter Man: Coleman's Budget Address Includes Plan To Overhaul Street Parking In Downtown St. Paul

The mayor's plan is aimed at driving more long-term parkers into downtown ramps — and freeing up street spaces for drivers who come to the city to shop, dine and attend events.

Could Legalized Fireworks Be More Bucks For Minnesota's Boom?

Is Minnesota ready to capture all the fireworks spending heading out of state?

Why Is Minnesota's Congressional Delegation So Focused On Cuba?

Since the thaw in relations that followed an unexpected prisoner swap late last year, Minnesota’s representatives have wasted no time getting involved in Cuba policy.

Investment Crowdfunding Legalized In Minnesota

The law, pushed by MNvest, aims to make investing in Minnesota startups easier.

The Medical Device Tax Repeal Effort Is Back. Will It Pass This Time?

Rep. Erik Paulsen continues his efforts to repeat the medical device tax. With 27,000 med-tech jobs in the state, he's gaining wide support from the delegation.

Paulsen In The Middle Of Beer-Industry Fight Fermenting On Capitol Hill

Minnesota's 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen introduced a bill that would slash federal excise taxes for small U.S-based breweries. Weeks later, the big breweries stepped up.

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