It's a common trope you hear about Minnesota: The state's parks, infrastructure, and education are all great. But taxes? They can sometimes be just too high. Well, it may be time to rethink that notion. A new study -- from a libertarian-leaning think tank, no less -- says that compared to some othe ... More >>
Taxes can be complicated. That was the case earlier this week, when a report on property taxes from the Minnesota legislature's House Research Department became something of a rallying point for the state's Republicans, with many coming out saying that the report, and its projections for property ta ... More >>
Michele Bachmann was excited about the prospect of a government shutdown before it happened and happy as a clam in the midst of it. Her goal, of course, was to use the impasse (and possible federal debt default) as leverage to gut the Affordable Care Act, a law that was approved by Congress, signed ... More >>
Never one to pass up an opportunity for a good photo op, Michele Bachmann today posed with World War II veterans who had a hard time visiting the World War II memorial in D.C. because of a government shutdown she played a large role in creating.SEE ALSO: World War II bomb found in Lyn-LakeUnsurprisi ... More >>
If the federal government shuts down at midnight tonight, "large sections of the government would close, hundreds of thousands of workers would be furloughed without pay, and millions more would be asked to work for no pay," the New York Times reports.RELATED: Bachmann: Miracle from God will force O ... 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 >>
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 >>
If Mitt Romney won't tell you which ones need to be closed, we will
Currently, very few Minnesotans pay sales taxes for online purchases. But Minnesotans do pay sales taxes for purchases they make at physical retail locations. Hence, physical retail locations face a more onerous tax burden than online retailers like Amazon.State lawmakers on both sides of the ais ... More >>
As their numbers increased in the Hennepin County Government Center Plaza this afternoon, more and more chatter rose among the Occupy MN crowd about marching to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. The Fed was the originally planned occupation destination, but organizers worried that arrests ... More >>
One man is standing up against the shutdown.There's been a lot of frustration in Minnesota today over the government shutdown. The whole thing is kind of ironic. Lawmakers who campaigned on the mantra of job creation have now put tens of thousands of state employees at risk for losing the jo ... More >>
Dayton offers a plan that calls for new taxes.After nixing the Legislature's proposed $900 million in budget cuts last week with his veto pen, Gov. Mark Dayton submitted his own proposal today for balancing the state's budget, complete with a promised tax hike on the wealthiest among us.
Another Bachmann confrontation with House leaders.Queen of the tea party Rep. Michele Bachmann, with an assist from former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is ramping up her battle urging Congress to block an increase in the federal debt ceiling. Forget it, says House Speaker John Boehner. That's a recipe ... More >>
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 >>
Image by nicksieger on FlickrIs your property tax too high?The legal eagles at the U of M law clinic say Minneapolis is making people--especially those who live in Phillips or North Minneapolis--pay too much property tax. Students compared home sale prices to property tax assessments and found ... More >>
Dick Cheney once famously said that Ronald Reagan proved "deficits don't matter."
But given the Fed's track record making economic forecasts, don't pop the champagne quite yet.
Crime in Minneapolis is dropping, but now it appears the budget axe is dropping on the crime fighters.
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.
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 "new" Tim Pawlenty looks a lot like the old one
While the stadium games have heated up again at the Capitol for this legislative session, not everyone in local government is enthused.
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.
St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly's endangered re-election campaign is ratcheting up the rhetoric. In a mailing received by St. Paul voters this week, his opponent Chris Coleman is pictured with his mouth zippered shut. The headline on the piece reads, "Chris Coleman has a plan to raise taxes and spend you ... More >>
Boss Kelly's budget smacks of election-year politics
IRS says it's getting easier for the rich to pay no taxes at all The New York Times today reports that the portion of the super-rich who pay not a single dime in taxes is rising. The number of affluent individuals and married couples who paid no federal income taxes jumped more than 15 percent in ... More >>
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 >>
The rich are different from you and me: They pay less in taxes
How the governor's political aspirations are preventing a budget deal
Boy in the bubble Is Alan Greenspan ready to admit that the housing market is clinically insane? The word of the hour is "froth." A little like foam, a little like scum, the word appeared in nine different articles within the last three days in the Wall Street Journal. In economic terms, "frot ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty's false populism
Colliding airplanes barely edge out prosthetic penisesGoogle news tracks a weeks' worth of local stories that the media blows up, exploits, or virtually ignores. Big surprise: Anglers get more attention than the angling Gov.'s tired "no-new-tax" pledge, even as the Legislature has to scramble by co ... More >>
In Pawlenty's Minnesota, regular guys get squeezed, fat cats get off easy
The state's biggest companies are finding ways to get around corporate taxes
Do You Rent Your Living Space? In His Never-Ending Quest to Find Revenue Without Raising Taxes, Governor Pawlenty Wants to Screw You
Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston talks about the retooling of the tax code to serve the very rich at the expense of the middle
Another Pawlenty budget, another round of bloodletting
Why you should have bought the IDS Center
State could lose 80,000 units of low-cost housing
Thanks to census counts, inmates are bringing big money to small towns
Hundreds of taxpayers, many of them small-business owners, are out up to $20,000 each because authorities didn't feel obliged to point out that people were calculating their taxes under an outdated law.
The Wild River Patriots are out to beat the New World Order in Burnett County, Wisconsin.