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 >>
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
One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today In other words, smoking continues down the ... 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 >>
So far this legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed 12 bills. Seven of them were originally drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).According to MinnPost, five of the vetoed ALEC bills would have reduced corporate exposure to lawsuits and potential damages in Minnesota. ... More >>
Michael Brodkorb is resigning as deputy chairman of the Republican Party in Minnesota to volunteer on state Sen. Mike Parry's run for U.S. Congress. Parry announced Friday that he would run against Congressman Tim Walz in the First Congressional District, a major move on the part of Republicans ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Minnesota lawmakers have until July 1 to get it together.As of today, the Minnesota Legislature is two-and-a-half weeks tardy in solving the state's $5 billion budget deficit. Unfortunately for everyone, there doesn't appear to be a budget deal in sight. If no agreement is made by July 1st, ... 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 >>
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 >>
Bachmann vs. Stephanopoulos: No contest.Never letting the facts get in the way of a good soundbite, Michele Bachmann's been caught with her pants on fire by PolitiFact again. George Stephanopoulos, on "Good Morning America," asked her why it was okay for the wealthy to get tax breaks, but no ... 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 >>
If you've been smoking "little cigars" like the classily-advertised Remington Good Times brand, your life may be about to get more expensive.DFL state Sen. D. Scott Dibble of Minneapolis has introduced legislation that will update the state's laws to include tobacco products currently exempt from ... 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.
A lawsuit filed yesterday challenges the constitutionality of Pawlenty's use of unallotment.
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.
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.
When you can barely make ends meet, why would you choose to take in less money?
In the wake of the I-35W bridge collapse, it's time to take a hard look at the politicians and policies that may have contributed to the disaster
Can the Minneapolis Police Department plunder the city's pocketbook?
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?
The governor and the developer: A love story
Was the education budget the "big winner" at the Capitol? The truth is in the numbers.
The City Council gives itself a gift: Money for the MPD
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
Norm Coleman's "St. Paul miracle" gets a withering report card
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
In the murky underground of patriots, tax resisters, and cash-strapped working stiffs, Karl Granse's basement is Law Central. Now he's about to watch his most famous