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 >>
Michael Whitelaw, owner of the Social House, an Uptown sushi bar that closed over the summer, faces 68 felonies, each of which carries a maximum sentence of five years in the slammer, for allegedly cheating the state out of about $100,000 in sales taxes from 2009 to 2011.Those charges sound stiff. R ... More >>
Take note, people: The location of Thursday's medical cannabis task force meeting has changed. Do not go to the Orville Freeman building in St. Paul. Instead, go here: Room 10 of the State Office Building, 100 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. See also:Dayton' ... More >>
The state's new 23-person medical cannabis task force has two public meetings coming up. The first of which, scheduled July 31, is intended mostly as a meet-and-greet for the task force members who will be tasked with evaluating the medical cannabis program. The second one on Aug. 8 is supposed g ... More >>
A new piece of legislation could save Minnesota bars and restaurants from what they describe as the the shame and hassle of being labeled "tax delinquent." Every day, the Minnesota Department of Revenue updates a public list of businesses that are more than ten days behind on their liquor tax oblig ... More >>
The halls of the Minnesota Department of Revenue in St. Paul bustle with form-weary taxpayers. It's late morning as I approach the counter looking to declare possession of a gram of weed. A blonde receptionist in a black sweater looks at me curiously. She reaches for the phone to alert staff up ... More >>
Tony Sutton had to beat away the debt collectors.Tony Sutton was apparently as bad with his own money as he was with the Minnesota Republican Party's, according to records obtained by City Pages.Sutton "sold out" of Baja Sol, the Mexican restaurant chain he ran with his wife, Bridget Sutton, in ... More >>
Duplex owes the state $12,842.30.The city fined six bars and restaurants for illegal alcohol purchases in the past year, among them Uptown hotspots Duplex and Fusion. When businesses selling alcohol fall behind on their taxes they are placed on a "liquor posting" by the Minnesota Department ... More >>
The IndependentThe Independent in Uptown has racked up a massive tab with the Minnesota Department of Revenue that it will need to pay off before it can reopen for business: over $90,000 in unpaid taxes. The giant bill is just the latest problem facing the troubled Uptown bar. The Independ ... 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 >>
A shutdown could mean some restaurants run out of alcohol. [[UPDATE]] The Independent just announced it's going on temporary shut down via Facebook. Last night, KSTP ran a piece on the dozens of bars and restaurants that aren't allowed to buy alcohol because they're delinquent on sales tax paym ... 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 >>
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