Days after the Minnesota Management and Budget office projected a $1.23 billion surplus for the current biennium, the state House might vote as soon as today on a $500 million package of tax cuts and repeals.THE BACKSTORY: Mark Dayton doesn't take credit for Minnesota's $1.2 billion surplus... sort ... 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 >>
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 >>
The D.C.-based Cato Institute is a conservative think tank co-founded by Charles Koch, so of course researchers there and Gov. Mark Dayton weren't destined to be bosom buddies.SEE ALSO:-- Mark Dayton rips Paul Ryan for fudging Grandma's Marathon time... by over an hour-- Mike Parry says Governor Day ... 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 >>
State Rep. Tom Rukavina, D-Virginia, may be a small guy, but he was prepared to "take it outside" yesterday in response to a GOP Representative's claim that the DFL "stuck it to the middle class."After Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, made that comment, a heated argument with Rukavina ensued that ... More >>
Dayton's very special session will begin at 3 p.m.Mark Dayton has called for a special session of the legislature to meet at 3 p.m. this afternoon. With a fast-track vote, Minnesota's shutdown might be over before happy hour. The legislature will try to pass all nine budget bills and Dayton's req ... More >>
Before anyone dismisses state highway rest areas as an unnecessary service and expense during the government shutdown, consider the plight of pissed off long-haul truckers. While most drivers speed past the cone zones that block access to the rest areas, heading for a pit stop at the next fast f ... More >>
The looming government shutdown will almost certainly impact bus and light rail service across the Twin Cities. But the long-range impact of the budget mess carries even worse news for commuters. Metro Transit will be forced to lay off 500 employees, eliminate 200 bus routes, and curtail service ... More >>
Throwing cold water on claims of popular support by both the Republicans running the Legislature, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesotans in a new poll are blaming both sides equally for the budget battle that may force a state government shutdown. They also largely disapprove of the job the L ... More >>
At least one union is asking bank CEOs to cut a deal with the school districts.If the Minnesota Legislature doesn't resolve the state budget by July 1, a government shutdown wouldn't be bad news for everyone. In order to stay open, school districts without enough reserve funds to pay employe ... More >>
Gov. Mark Dayton will expanded his list of essential services in a possible state government shutdown today, petitioning Ramsey County Court to include payments to health care and financial assistance workers providing services to those on state aid. "We recognize the lack of assured provide ... More >>
With just 10 days to go until a possible state government shutdown, top GOP leaders are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session to deal with the state's $5 billion budget deficit. House Speaker Kurt Zellers says it's time. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch says that state legislator ... More >>
GOP members of a Senate panel have passed a resolution authorizing the entire body to intervene in the lawsuit filed by Gov. Mark Dayton to keep essential services running in the case of a government shutdown. Today, the courts filed their own petition begging legislators and the governor to ... More >>
In another reminder of how the looming Minnesota government shutdown is going to impact real people and not just political careers, the Department of Human Services mailed out something like 572,000 letters to its clients today, warning them that there may be an interruption in their benefits ... More >>
Can AFSCME change the minds of 26 legislators?If you live in a Republican district led by a "non-ideolog," prepare to be really annoyed by your television. A "non-ideolog" is the word American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees use for a lawmaker who could potentially be swayed ... More >>
What's an essential service?We're 18 days away from a state government shutdown, and the prospect that only essential agencies and services will continue to operate. But, what's an essential service? Attorney General Lori Swanson took a stab at that in a Ramsey County court filing today: Any ... 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 >>
Pot holes are turning into money holes.We were stunned to read a report from WCCO this morning about Minneapolis hitting up homeowners and businesses for upwards of $1,000 to repair pot holes in front of their property. Weren't we just rejoicing over the Minneapolis City Council dumping an e ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty at CPAC today doubled down with the Michele Bachmann wing of the Republican party by insisting that, "We should not -- we should not -- raise the debt ceiling." Like Bachmann, he wants to hang the nation's deficit around Barack Obama's neck. And the line got a round of applause ... More >>
You might think that Michele Bachmann's "House Call" rally last November, railing on the health care reform bill, would have been paid for by some independent group angry about the size and scope of the federal government's power, or the way the federal government keeps finding new ways to w ... More >>
Both houses of the Legislature voted today to pass a supplemental budget that cuts about $312 million in state spending. Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who reached an agreement with legislators over the weekend, is expected to sign the bill. That leaves the remainder of the $1 billion budget deficit, whi ... More >>
The congresswoman keeps insisting that the federal government now controls 51 percent of the U.S. economy.
T-Paw said today that only military and veterans' programs, public safety and education will be spared from cuts.
He may think he has found a clever way of appealing to the right wing tea party/Fox News crowd, Bruce Bartlett says.
During Gov. Tim Pawlenty's unallotment announcement, he made a jab at Minneapolis's plan for "artistic drinking fountains" during a time of budget crisis. Rybak's office hits back.
DFL legislators have come up with the genius idea of taxing all things that really matter in life: booze, cigarettes, and rich people.
Gimme Noise offers some music tips to help you get through an afternoon of hair pulling and pant pooping.
Taxes can enrage anyone, but that doesn't mean you need to threaten to commit drive-by shootings against tax collectors. It's just probably a really bad idea.
Don't worry Minnesotans. Pawlenty can't resist grabbing for the stimulus plan's "meandering buffet".
The Senate passed the financial bailout plan Wednesday night with a 74 to 25 vote for the White House initiative to buy troubled securitie ... More >>
The governor wants to spend billions on roads without raising your taxes. Think there might be a catch?
"Reform" won't protect the middle class from the stealth tax If you've wondered how it is that Bush has financed five straight years of tax cuts, chances are you've considered a) cuts in entitlements; b) cuts to the safety net; and c) an end to corporate welfare. Okay, okay, so we're kidding about ... More >>
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":
It is testament to Tim Pawlenty's considerable political accumen--and Minnesota's shifting political character--that he remains a relatively popular governor despite this summer's partial government shutdown. As the Strib reported this morning, polling results from Survey USA show Pawlenty to be a m ... More >>
The governor and the developer: A love story
For once, Minnesota Dems take a hard line with Pawlenty
By Johnson Lee and Zimmermann Opposing the use of public money for a baseball stadium. Whereas, Minnesota Statute 297A.99 calls for voter approval of local sales tax imposition; and Whereas, by a 1997 referendum, Minneapolis taxpayers have already expressed their desire to limit public funding of ... More >>
The City Council gives itself a gift: Money for the MPD
Even Republicans are alarmed by the governor's fiscal mismanagement
Is the bus shutdown part of the Governor's grand plan?
How does Minnesota's fresh-minted 2003 budget make this a meaner place? Let us count the ways
As public criticism of Pawlenty's budget grows, state dems abruptly cave in
Are local immigrants unwittingly funding Al Qaeda? The numbers just don't add up.
St. Paul launches a campaign to open bidding wars on city services