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.

Is A More Liberal Minneapolis Bad For Business?

As the state tilts right, Minneapolis is turning hard left. Has that ruined the city’s business climate, or is it just rhetoric?

Capitol Showdown For Business

Two business heavy hitters will push an aggressive agenda this session that goes beyond tax reform.

2016’s Awfulness Notwithstanding, Here Are 5 Trends That Improved In Minnesota This Year

If the trends continue, 2017 could be a good year for the state.

The Six Issues That Will (Probably) Dominate The Year In Local Government

The year will start with a legislative session — and end with two big elections.

Minneapolis Gives Leg Up To Small Businesses Seeking City Contracts

The new program will help small business compete against more established companies.

Is A Sunday Sales Repeal Coming Soon?

Speaker Daudt said there seems to be enough support to end the blue law this upcoming session.

Hodges Comes Out In Support Of Higher Minimum Wage For Minneapolis

"Minneapolis is going to lead on the minimum wage, and we have to get it right," the mayor said.

State Unemployment Rate Falls To 3.8 Percent

The state has added nearly 32,000 jobs in the last 12 months.

Feds Deny Twin Metals Mineral Lease Renewal

The move by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture deals a major blow to the prospect for a copper-nickel mine on the Iron Range.

Confused By Claims That Minnesota Isn’t Doing Well Economically? Look Outside The Twin Cities

Minnesota Republicans have credited their election night success to speaking to people who felt left behind.

Staying Ahead Of Overtime

Minnesota employers are straining to comply with new overtime rules.

SEC Updates Rules For Equity Crowdfunding

Minnesota entrepreneurs could benefit from the new guidelines, which relax several restrictions and raise the cap on amounts that can be raised.

Minnesota Chamber Sues Minneapolis Over Paid Sick Time Ordinance

Chamber president Doug Loon said lawmakers should not be “imposing a straightjacket with one-size-fits-all mandates.”

How 'Minnesota Nice' Could Become A Serious Economic Problem For The Twin Cities

Twin Cities business leaders say the region must do a better job of recruiting people to move here — and of keeping them here once they arrive.

Study Suggests Most Minneapolis Businesses Wouldn't Be Harmed By Citywide $15 Minimum Wage

Yet some worry that the study underestimates the potential impact — especially on small businesses.

Can The Twin Cities Build Two Light Rail Projects At Once?

After numerous delays, the schedules to complete Southwest LRT and the Bottineau Line are now converging. Is Metro Transit capable of building the massive projects simultaneously?

Solera Property Goes From Hot Rooftop To Nonprofit Offices

900 Hennepin changes directions with the help of Minneapolis taxpayers.

St. Paul City Council Passes 7.9 Percent Tax Levy Increase

Call it the Goldilocks of tax levy hikes: lower than council originally proposed, and higher than what Mayor Chris Coleman wanted.

Twin Metals Sues U.S. Government Over Mining Rights

The minerals company claims government figures are refusing to give it automatic renewal of the right to mine in an area near the Boundary Waters.

Filling The STEM Pipeline

The Minnesota High Tech Association, state government and private companies are providing hundreds of paid internships to increase the high tech workforce.

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