This morning, the Minnesota Management and Budget office announced the state is projected to have a budget surplus of $1.23 billion in the current biennium and $2.6 billion in the next. SEE ALSO: The Zygi Wilf/Mark Dayton photo people can't get enough of: Top 10 tweetsHours later, Gov. Mark Dayton r ... More >>
After a $1.60-per-pack cigarette tax increase goes into effect on July 1, Bob Moffitt expects many Minnesota smokers to do as he did after college and quit.Moffitt, director of media relations for the American Lung Association in Minnesota, says he kicked his cigarette habit cold turkey many years a ... More >>
On Tuesday the folks over at Surly Brewing Co. took the time to issue their response to the proposed tax increase on Minnesota-made alcohol. In a lengthy blog post that details their multiple issues with the proposed excise tax increase, Surly makes it clear that this legislation can only hurt Minne ... More >>
While discussing income tax cuts approved in 1999 and 2000 during last night's State of the State speech, Gov. Dayton said: "In the decade after Minnesota's income tax reductions, our economy fared worse than the nation and most other states."SEE ALSO: Mary Franson thinks City Pages blogger should b ... More >>
Today, Gov. Dayton unveiled his state budget proposal for the next biennium. SEE ALSO: Mary Franson wins recount in belated MNGOP election night success storyIt's a complicated, multifaceted document. But you won't be surprised to learn that before Dayton's budget press conference had even concluded ... More >>
One day after Jim Graves hit the airwaves with his first TV ad, Michele Bachmann counter-punched with a new ad of her own.SEE ALSO:-- Bachmann and Jim Graves now neck and neck as Michele's favorability tanks-- Controversial Stillwater bridge project approved by U.S. House-- Michele Bachmann is makin ... More >>
Chip Cravaack has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, the 'no tax increases ever for any reason' manifesto put together by anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.But there is apparently at least one tax increase Cravaack, an embattled first-term U.S. Representative for northeastern Minnesota's 8th con ... More >>
In a commentary published in the Star Tribune today, economist Patrick Fleenor of Fiscal Economics Inc. makes a persuasive case that the state stands to gain less than lawmakers think from a GOP-proposed cigarette tax hike.Minnesota's cigarette tax is currently near the national average, but the ... More >>
Michele Bachmann's got a plan, she just won't tell us what it is.Barack Obama gave a speech before a joint session of Congress last night, introducing a wide-ranging second stimulus package to jolt the American economy back to life.Michele Bachmann says it wasn't even a plan, and said there are ... More >>
Dayton said he was forced to sign a budget he didn't like.Minnesota's shutdown is over.Mark Dayton signed the nine budget bills and three spending bills at 9:00 a.m., ending the state's embarrassing, costly lockout on its 20th day. The shutdown's end is good news for the 22,000 state employee ... More >>
Dayton wants to end the shutdown, but he's making demands.After months holding out for a tax increase of some kind, Mark Dayton is telling Republican legislators that he'll accept their budget plan with no new taxes. In a letter to Republican leadership, Dayton says he still doesn't like the plan ... More >>
Bachmann's porking for a bridge to Wisconsin.Rep. Michele Bachmann insists America is headed for socialism and bankruptcy because "porking" has gotten way out of control--unless, of course, you're talking about her pet bridge project to Wisconsin. She's about to submit a bill that does an end ru ... More >>
It's a legislative move guaranteed to warm the hearts of teabaggers: Michele Bachmann is all set to vote in favor of repealing health care reform on Jan. 12. She said so on Twitter. That might mean that her first major legislative victory is to dismantle another major piece of legislation ... More >>
Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes. Mark Dayton took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor at noon, the first Democrat to hold that office in decades.
Following through as promised and predicted, GOP Gov. Pawlenty vetoed the budget-balancing package approved by the DFL-controlled Legislature yesterday because it raises taxes. Both sides now have until Monday to come up with some sort of compromise to avoid a nearly $3 billion deficit. He ... More >>
Administration lax on cleaning up AIG, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers
Gov. Tim Pawlenty's latest money quote to ponder: "There's a joke out now that says the main value of the Cash for Clunkers program may be that we'll get a lot of cars with Obama stickers off the road."
Minnesota's unemployment rate rose to 8.4 percent in June, a slight uptick from May. We're still faring better than the national average, which is sitting at 9.4 percent.
Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
Minnesotans are pissed: They don't want Pawlenty to run for a third term and they do not approve of the state Legislature.
A DFL-backed bill would have raised taxes on alcohol in the state.
Pickens Plan focuses on using more wind power and natural gas
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This weekend was a GOP governor frenzy on national TV shows as possible 2012 contenders came out to criticize President Obama's stimulus package.
Those silly Republicans are finally admitting what we knew all along: They don't mind having Minnesota's Senate seat empty for now.
They're both wanna-be senators, but they still want to talk about the stimulus plan.
Are you looking for more details on the current debate at the Capitol about the stimulus package? Or do you just want to have your voice heard. Here is your chance.
The U.S. House passed their version of the $819 billion stimulus bill 244-188 on Wednesday. The bill passed without a single Republican vote.
That would come at a hefty price tag of $70 billion. By comparison, it's a drop in the hat next to the more than $800 billion stimulus package just passed by the U.S. House.
Mike Hatch mines the middle ground—and never mentions the T-word
The governor wants to spend billions on roads without raising your taxes. Think there might be a catch?
Once again, MNCare would take the biggest hits
Do You Rent Your Living Space? In His Never-Ending Quest to Find Revenue Without Raising Taxes, Governor Pawlenty Wants to Screw You
State legislators are poised for a spending spree--on stadiums and prisons
Are local immigrants unwittingly funding Al Qaeda? The numbers just don't add up.
Gov. Arne Carlson is crowing over a $1.3 billion budget surplus. But his own state economist, Thomas Stinson, acknowledges that the money hasn't come in yet--and perhaps never will.
The budget deal is chock-full of outrageous considerations for corporations bought with campaign cash.
Bill Clinton's Indonesian connection brought him campaign cash in exchange for influence--and continued inaction on the country's notorious human rights abuses.