You have to consider the source, but a new study funded by a consortium of the Minnesota Wholesale Marketers Association, a bunch of gas stations, and big tobacco finds that the increased cigarette and tobacco taxes that went into effect last year are having a devastating impact on businesses.The ta ... More >>
On Wednesday, the MNGOP tweeted this:Al Franken: Voting To Cut Our Military Budget, Putting Americans At Risk. http://t.co/dcXoymo2rJ #mngop #stribpol-- MNGOP (@mngop) September 24, 2014 Sounds scary, right? But what if you were told one of the Franken votes the MNGOP highlights was in favor of an a ... More >>
Just about everyone who's met privately with Minnesota's top cops to talk medical marijuana has walked away from negotiations using the same two words -- brick wall. "They had blanket opposition to marijuana reform," State Rep. Carly Melin (DFL) told us last month while we were researching a stor ... 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 >>
During a floor speech last Friday, Michele Bachmann mangled an attempt at a Shakespeare quote (She said "Thou protesteth too much" -- the actual quote is "The lady doth protest too much"). But that's not significant here.SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann's 'I do not do political speech' line draws loud lau ... More >>
Today, House DFLers unveiled their proposed tax bill, and it's bad news for those of you who like to drink.SEE ALSO: The "I hate the Pedal Pub" Facebook page is hilarious [IMAGES]House DFLers are proposing the first increase in the state's liquor tax in years. It'd add roughly seven cents to the cos ... More >>
Yesterday, the MNGOP's official House caucus Twitter account wanted you to ponder this thought as you tried to stay warm while April snow fell outside:ICYMI: While you sit inside today, remember $840k in taxpayer $ went to overseas trips for artists. on.fb.me/XutxBD#DFLWaste #mnleg-- MN House Republ ... More >>
Rep. Karen Clark, D-Minneapolis, is one half of the tandem leading the push for marriage equality. She's also leading the push to increase taxes on beer, wine, and liquor.SEE ALSO: Sunday liquor sales seem to be dead on arrival yet againYesterday, Clark's proposal to increase taxes on 31-gallon barr ... More >>
Minnesota's budget deficit is looking about $463 million slimmer than estimated last fall, according to a new forecast. SEE ALSO: Minnesota will be one of the states least affected by sequestration, but it's still going to suck
When he signed an executive order calling for an end to a longstanding pay freeze for members of Congress and other federal employees last Thursday, President Obama essentially offered Michele Bachmann a $900-a-year raise. But Bachmann and a majority of her colleagues in the GOP-controlled House wan ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Allen Quist flip-flops about his research in a Mankato "anonymous sodomy" adult bookstore-- Allen Quist under renewed fire for 'men are genetically predisposed to lead family' remarkWith his gaffe-fest primary against Mike Parry in the rear-view mirror, you might've expected Republican U ... More >>
Pot, meet kettle. Late last year, figures released by the MNGOP's own Internal Finance Review revealed that the party is about $2 million in debt. Review committee chair Jeff Johnson characterized the MNGOP's balance sheets as containing "some ugly stuff."Yesterday, President Obama released his p ... More >>
Food stamps account for 40 percent of sales at Supervalu's Save-A-Lot stores.Eden Prairie-based Supervalu is one of a handful of grocery chains changing the way it operates to accommodate the record number of food stamp recipients. From opening supermarkets at midnight, when government benefits a ... More >>
Wikipedia Thanks, a lot guys -- now our credit's screwed.To get a state budget passed, Minnesota used a bit of tricky accounting -- a lot of borrowing here, a lot of delayed payments there -- to make the numbers work on paper. The tricks didn't fool Moody's Investor Service, the premiere credit r ... More >>
More than half the survey respondents would support increased cigarette prices.If the stress from thinking about Minnesota's budget deficit makes you think about lighting up a smoke, think again. Nearly 60 percent of Minnesotans would support increasing cigarette state taxes on tobacco to help so ... More >>
Dayton is Dr. No.Wasting no time after the Legislature adjourned without reaching a compromise with him over the state's fiscal mess, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed all nine Republican budget bills passed in the waning hours of the session. In doing so, he reminded GOP leaders that he too had the b ... More >>
Dayton issues his first veto.The Republican-controlled Legislature sent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton a $900 million budget-cutting bill today, after no public hearings and with no Democratic support, and he wasted no time in striking it down with his veto pen. He lambasted it as an effort to protect ... More >>
Mark Dayton meets the press today.Congress passed health care reform. But in Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said we couldn't have it. Today, making good on campaign promises, Mark Dayton said that we can. And his two executive orders can't be stopped by the new Republican-controlled Legisl ... More >>
The president hates America. We live in a socialist state. Shutting down the government isn't shutting down the government. That's reality for Rep. Michele Bachmann. Everything else is just fantasy, she told Harry Smith on "Face the Nation" yesterday.
Like her Muslim friends, Bachmann has no pork on her fork.Michele Bachmann has a message for America this afternoon: "Recently, porking has gotten way out of control."It's a provocative statement, and one that certainly lends itself to interpretation. But based on context, our best guess is t ... More >>
This woman wants a bridge.Tim Pawlenty got away with not raising taxes by redefining a "tax" as a "user fee." Now Michele Bachmann supports a redefinition of earmarks she likes, because those earmarks aren't really earmarks. They're, well, something else.
To borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan: There she goes again. Preaching to the converted at yesterday's downtown Minneapolis GOP money-grubbing love-in with Sarah Palin -- check out our slideshow -- Michele Bachmann told a bunch of whoppers. Her call for nuking cyberattackers was an especial ... More >>
The congresswoman keeps insisting that the federal government now controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy.
A vote in the House and a decision by a U.S. District Court judge in Brooklyn suggest she's lost a couple of rounds.
The Republican faithful come to praise the governor' proposed constitutional amendment, but he's nowhere in sight.
The amendment stops defense contractors from receiving federal funding if they use mandatory arbitration clauses that prevent victims of assault from going to court.
But does the MSNBC host have Hardballs for 44?
Leave it to Minnesotans to bring back cash for wild rice and theater.
All Minnesota U.S. House members posted their requests on their site, except Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense. She is one of 71 members who has yet to post the data on their site.
Rep. Michele Bachmann is the newest member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame.
Bachmann was walking high and mighty pretending she has never taken earmarks. Then we find out she in fact did take earmarks in 2008 and she starts back pedaling.
Bachmann responded today with a fundraising email of her own to counter the Democrats. Are we back in election season or what?
Don't worry Minnesotans. Pawlenty can't resist grabbing for the stimulus plan's "meandering buffet".
President Bush didn't bother waiting until all the bodies had been recovered from the Mississippi river to politicize the disastrous collapse of the I-35 bridge.
Elwyn Tinklenberg, who served as the state's transportation commissioner under Jesse Ventura, says that the 35W bridge collapse is emblematic of an eroding, underfunded transportation system. He calls for a gasoline tax hike.
The City of St. Paul is facing a projected $15.8 million budget shortfall for 2008. Solving the fiscal puzzle will not be easy.
How do you create a budgetary "surplus" despite an economy that lags behind the national average in terms of job growth? By pretending inflation and court rulings don't exist.
Due to a mix-up in the editing process, the news piece in today's City Pages about the Minneapolis city budget is the wrong version. The proper version is online, but here are the corrections to the print version of "The Billion Dollar Bash":
Sent: Fri 6/24/2005 9:51 AM To: Phil Singer Subject: KENNEDY CAN'T HIDE HIS RECORD OF JEOPARDIZING SOCIAL SECURITY KENNEDY CAN?T HIDE HIS RECORD OF JEOPARDIZING SOCIAL SECURITY What a difference a day makes! Yesterday, Mark Kennedy had the audacity to speak of the importance of protecting Social S ... More >>
Are the state GOP and an antiabortion group conspiring against runoff voting?
Health care took the most visible hits at the Legislature this year, and the future only looks bleaker: Linda Berglin, the only DFLer who stood and fought Pawlenty's cuts.
Thanks to census counts, inmates are bringing big money to small towns
Minnesota's success in providing health care to children is about to cost the state millions in federal funds