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.

How Minnesota’s Most Prosperous Indian Tribe Became a Powerhouse in Washington

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community was first recognized by the federal government in 1969. Today, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

The Diminishing Power of Being Anti-Development in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Reading simple voter sentiments into complex election results is always dicey, but it would be hard to see the results in both cities as a rejection of those who've supported development and greater housing density.

What Does Tax Reform Mean for Macy’s Project?

The government’s proposed tax bill would kill the federal historic tax credit, a key financing tool for developers.

Minnesota Businesses Move Forward Steadily

Business leaders expect to finish the year with a stable pace in hiring and investing in their companies.

Trump’s SBA Chief Visits the Twin Cities

McMahon met with local small business owners, including Hen House Eatery, Wood from the Hood, and Element Gym.

Why the Riverview Corridor Streetcar is Still a Ways Away from Being Built

On Thursday, an advisory committee took the step recommending a route and a mode of transit for the project. But there are many, many more decisions to come.

St. Paul and Minneapolis Look to Regulate Airbnb Ahead of Super Bowl

There are hundreds of listings throughout the Twin Cities, despite them all being illegal.

How the Met Council Managed to Make Southwest LRT's Wall a Big Deal

The wall has fed a narrative that the regional governing body lacks transparency, and that it cooperates with local officials only when it is convenient for the Met Council.

Tax Reform Could Kill One of Minnesota's Favorite Deductions

One expert estimates that eliminating the state and local tax deduction could pay for 15 to 25 percent of the GOP’s entire tax plan.

Small Franchisees, Big Business?

Under the Minneapolis wage law, franchise owners must boost wages faster than other small businesses.

St. Cloud Could Become Third MN City to Raise Legal Tobacco Sales Age

St. Cloud’s city administrator called the city council’s current version of the ordinance a “hybrid” of its existing law and of what had been enacted in Edina.

The Clearest Dividing Line in St. Paul Mayor's Race? The Ford Site.

The issue has become a rare one in the open mayoral election. That is, one that cleanly separates the candidates from one another.

Why Mark Dayton is So Cautious About Pitching Amazon

In going after Amazon's HQ2, Dayton has displayed a level of reticence that is at odds with his long history of courting companies to Minnesota.

Appeals Court Rules Minneapolis Sick Leave Can Stand

But they affirmed the lower court's decision to prevent the ordinance from applying to companies without a presence in Minneapolis.

Mpls Mayor Hodges' Budget Proposal Tackles Housing, Energy and Safety

Among the items in the $1.4 billion proposal are several that could impact the business community.

Why America’s Big Airlines—and MN’s Representatives in Congress—Are Crying Foul at their Gulf-based Competitors

Qatar and United Arab Emirates based carriers are playing a growing role in the U.S. market. But are they playing fair?

Meet the Man Caught in the Middle of the Twin Cities' Nastiest Development Fight

St. Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert would much rather voters like him than dislike him, of course, but a series of issues in his ward has made that difficult, if not impossible.

Rochester’s RAEDI Launches New Southeast Minnesota Angel Investment Fund

Aims for $1M in startup funding despite ‘sunset’ of state’s angel tax credit.

Trump's Manufacturing Council Disbands

Many CEOs tendered their resignation from the advisory group following a weekend of violence and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It’s Actually Happening: The New Nicollet Mall is on Track to be Finished by November

“I’ve been in this business a long time,” the Minneapolis Public Works Department's Don Elwood said Tuesday. “It will be complete.”

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