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.

‘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.

Chisholm Moves To Cut Ties With Ironbound Studios

The mayor of the Iron Range city said the two parties should “go their own ways” as it moves to evict the movie studio from its basement due to unmet payments.

Minneapolis Ordinance Barring Section 8 Discrimination Moves Forward

The final vote won’t come until Friday. But the ordinance received enough votes during a joint committee meeting Wednesday to assure passage.

Unemployment Unchanged In February

The state added 3,800 jobs.

St. Paul Mayoral Candidates On Minimum Wage, Development And Getting Nonprofits To Pay

Four of the candidates are seeking the DFL endorsement. The other is going Green.

Fates Of Angel Tax Credit, Small Business Funding On The Table At Legislature

Proposal would make angel credit permanent and boost annual funding to $20 million.

City Slaps Surdyk's With Suspension For Sunday Sales

The store won't be able to sell liquor for 30 days starting July 2—just as other stores can begin opening Sundays.

Death Of Medical Device Tax In Republican ACA Replacement Plan A Big Win For MN Industry

While medical device manufacturers have something to celebrate, they also have a lot of questions — about the Republican plan and the Trump administration in general.

Minneapolis Restaurants Call For Higher Minimum Wage To Include Tip Credit

More than 100 restaurants in the city have joined the group to call for concessions in the ordinance that's expected to arrive this summer.

How Minnesota’s Success Is Dependent On Immigrants

New research suggests the state leans heavily on immigrants when it comes to growth of the workforce, overall population, and the economy.

Why Strict Limits On Immigration Could Seriously Damage Minnesota’s Economy

While the national political climate has grown hostile to immigrants, Minnesota needs them more than ever, says a U of M study.

Duluth Task Force Mulls Impacts Of Paid Sick Leave

The northeastern Minnesota city could be the third in the state to mandate the benefit.

Former Target Employee Rep. Erik Paulsen Is Working On A Tax Plan The Company Hates

The so-called “border adjusted tax” overhauls the way U.S. companies pay taxes by easing the tax burden on exports while making companies pay up for imports.

How Much Does Minnesota Spend Subsidizing Private Business?

Subsidies are notoriously difficult to track, but here’s what we know.

High-Speed Train To Rochester Might Be Derailed

There's been no contact between developers and state officials in months.

Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Takes Toll On Jobs And Customers

Business is bad as street renovation drags into year three.

Bill To Scrap Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Passes Key Committee At Legislature

The committee vote is a just a small slice of what’s happening across the Legislature: Onetime ‘no’ votes are slowly shifting to ‘yes,’ and new lawmakers are more inclined to repeal the ban.

Health Insurance Premiums With And Without The ACA

Reports explain why ACA premiums rose and why they may go higher without key ACA provisions.

Saving Twin Cities Transit Might Require Killing Regional Funding Board

Dissolving the Counties Transportation Improvement Board would allow counties in the Twin Cities to fund transit projects — without any money from the state of Minnesota.

The Fight Over Funding U.S. Bank Stadium Isn't Over

In response to complaints by two prominent former politicians, the Minneapolis City Council recently directed city staff to examine how it can more closely monitor stadium costs.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Grapple With City-Only Minimum Wage

Candidates are trying to catch up to a movement started by grassroots activists.

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