Govs. Walz, Noem Cry Foul Over Trump’s Ethanol Waivers

In a letter, the governors asked Trump to find ways to lessen the impact of the waivers on farmers.

The Fine Print: City Hall's New Office Building

A look at the particulars of a new office building for the city of Minneapolis.

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.

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.

What Greater Minnesota Got Out Of The 2015 Legislative Session

Addressing the needs of Greater Minnesota was supposed to be a priority this year. But groups representing rural parts of the state are giving the 2015 session an incomplete.

Met Council Proposes Cuts To Southwest LRT

The cuts are aimed at saving the massive transit project, which was put in doubt last month when its price tag went up by $340 million.

Why One Downtown Property Owner Won't Have To Pay For The Assessment For The Remake Of Nicollet Mall

Removing the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from the rolls of a special assessment zone for the Nicollet Mall redo will save the bank $267,841.83 over the next 20 years.

Minnesota United: July Stadium Deadline Has “Wiggle Room”

Will legislature act in final days on proposed soccer stadium?

This Is How You Get A Gas Tax Hike Passed

In 1988, the Legislature passed the largest transportation-funding package in its history. Here's how it was done.

Fix—Don't Nix—Southwest LRT, Say Local Officials

Despite the ballooning cost of the project, elected officials say they would rather cut costs than abandon the 16-mile addition to the region’s light rail system.

Say Goodbye To Hollywood? Why Lawmakers Are Considering Putting MN's Film Board Out of Business

Once home to one of the country’s leading film incentive programs, Minnesota’s Film and TV Board is facing the prospect of not existing at all.

In Wake Of Ballooning Costs, Even Southwest LRT Backers Ask, "Is It Worth It?"

A new $2 billion price tag has led Gov. Mark Dayton and Met Council Chair Adam Duininck to call for a rethinking of the project — or even abandoning it.

How Dayton, Senate DFLers And House Republicans Could Forge A Budget Deal - And Avoid A Shutdown

Curt Johnson, who was chief of staff to Gov. Arne Carlson, offered his thoughts on bringing together the irresistible objects and immoveable forces at the Legislature in the next few weeks.

Is It Possible To Pay For Minnesota's Transportation Needs Without Raising Taxes?

Republicans say “efficiencies” could go a long way toward paying for needed road and bridge improvements in Minnesota. What does that mean — and how would it work?

MNvest: Kickstarter, But For Equity

A bill going through the legislature aims to make investing in Minnesota startups easier for community members.

Why Streetcars Are Losing Their Appeal As A Mass Transit Option

In the wake of a recent report on Portland's extensive system, even some urbanists have begun to question the utility of streetcars.

Sunday Liquor Sales Fail Again — But Not As Badly This Time

But the effort garnered more debate and votes than it has ever before — while it failed on a 35-to-28 vote, just year ago the same vote was 44 to 22.

Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales Is Probably Going To Fail Again At The State Legislature. Here's Why

Everything you wanted to know about why lawmakers won't pass a measure supported by a large majority of Minnesotans.

How A Soccer-Specific Stadium Might Get Built In Minnesota

What could public involvement for an urban, soccer-specific facility look like if local politicians' "no" doesn’t necessarily mean "no"?

Minnesota Adds Jobs, Unemployment Steady

While state unemployment figures remain lower than the rest of the country, growth has been slower.

Minneapolis Contends With Differing Laws, Equity Issues As It Moves To Add Cable Competition

CenturyLink has applied to compete with Comcast for cable customers but its application might force the city to choose between following state law or following federal law.

Why The EPA's Clean Power Plan Makes Even Green Minnesota A Little Nervous

The new regulations set aggressive carbon-emissions reduction targets for Minnesota — that is, if they are even legal.

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