Public Finance

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2014

    GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson: A primer

    After a crowded but largely uneventful primary season, Gov. Mark Dayton finally found out who his general election challenger will be late Tuesday night. Jeff Johnson, the former Hennepin County commissioner and GOP-endorsed candidate, snagged the nomination with 30 percent of the vote, beating out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Gov. Mark Dayton donated $10,000 of his personal wealth to charity last year

    Gov. Mark Dayton's 2013 tax return was released last week and shows that he gave $10,000 to charities -- 10 times as much as last year. His office did not respond to our request for comment, but judging by previous news coverage, the boost came in response to the governor's own criticism last Novem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    Franken, Klobuchar strike similarly moderate positions in response to Medtronic news

    Minnesota's eighth-largest company is relocating overseas. The New York Times views the move through the lens of federal tax policy and the taxes Medtronic can avoid paying by leaving America, while the company itself cites more benevolent reasons, like access to European markets.In any event, the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    Dayton blasts Senate Dems: "These are DFL legislators, I'm sorry to say" [VIDEO]

    During his first news conference of the legislative session, a hobbled Mark Dayton put Senate DFLers on blast, saying their delay to pass tax cuts already approved by the House has him feeling "very, very, very disappointed."RELATED: DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler isn't fan of huge tax cut sailing through Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Surly responds to proposed beer tax increases

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    Michele Bachmann says she cares about the poor, gets another "Four Pinocchios" rating [VIDEO]

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    MNGOP blames DFL for wasteful spending approved by MNGOP

    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. #mnleg-- MN House Republ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    President Obama offers Michele Bachmann a raise she doesn't want

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Amy Klobuchar "surprised" after Kurt Bills throws Bush tax cuts under the bus [VIDEO]

    BREAKING NEWS: Republicans don't like tax increases, whether they're a result of new legislation or simply allowing tax cuts to expire. SEE ALSO:-- Kurt Bills, GOP Senate candidate, says he'd support tax increase, fight Grover Norquist-- Obama up 7 in Minnesota, Klobuchar up 19, says new poll-- Mich ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    History suggests increasing Minnesota cigarette tax won't be as lucrative for state as some think

    ​In a commentary published in the Star Tribune today, economist Patrick Fleenor of Fiscal Economics Inc. makes a persuasive case that the state stands to gain less than lawmakers think from a GOP-proposed cigarette tax hike.Minnesota's cigarette tax is currently near the national average, but the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    American Lung Association: Minnesota should do more to prevent smoking

    The ALA Minnesota would like to see more anti-smokinng advertising and higher cigarette taxes.​The American Lung Association thinks Minnesota should do more to counteract tobacco use.In its annual report, the ALA gives the state an "F" grade in the area of spending on tobacco prevention and contro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    R.T. Rybak proposes quicker street repairs, 90 job cuts

    Mayor R.T. Rybak's proposal would avoid property tax hikes for most Minneapolis residents.​Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak proposed his 2012 budget in downtown Minneapolis this morning.The good news: those pesky potholes might be filled in sooner than expected. The bad news: The city of Minneapoli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Minnesota Supreme Court rejects GOP shutdown lawsuit

    ​The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled four Republican senators jumped the gun in saying that Gov. Mark Dayton is overstepping his constitutional bounds by involving the courts in government shutdown contingency plans. That's because no state money has been ordered to be spent, so there's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Department of Human Services mails 572,000 shutdown warnings to clients

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Michele Bachmann lives in the real world: Video of the day

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Minneapolis property taxes opposed by strange computerized cartoon

    This guy's well versed in tax policy.​The big tax debate and vote ended last night at City Hall with Minneapolis homeowners facing a 4.7 percent increase this coming year. It could have been worse. The original proposed increase was about 6.5 percent.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Michele Bachmann's a movie star [VIDEO]

    Michele Bachmann has "Fire from the Heartland."​Citizens United, the folks who tried to take down Hillary Clinton in the last election with campaign propaganda sold as a documentary, are back. And this time they're spreading their love on Michele Bachmann. She's in "Fire from the Heartland," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    PolitiFact calls Tim Pawlenty's "undertaxed" talk false

    PolitiFact challenges T-Paw​Yesterday we drew attention to a column by Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post, quoting Tim Pawlenty at a meeting with Beltway journalists: "I don't think the argument can be credibly made that the United States of America is undertaxed compared to our competitors." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Tim Pawlenty vetoes budget proposal: Full text

    ​Following through as promised and predicted, GOP Gov. Pawlenty vetoed the budget-balancing package approved by the DFL-controlled Legislature yesterday because it raises taxes. Both sides now have until Monday to come up with some sort of compromise to avoid a nearly $3 billion deficit. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Michele Bachmann repeats debunked economics

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Court, Congress deal blows to Bachmann's ACORN agenda

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    Pawlenty's a no-show for his own rally; Bachmann takes stage

    The Republican faithful come to praise the governor' proposed constitutional amendment, but he's nowhere in sight.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Pawlenty proposes constitutional amendment to limit government spending

    Gov. Tim Pawlenty proposed a new constitutional amendment today that would limit the state's general fund budget to the revenue received in the previous budget period.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Pawlenty economics: Little hope for success

    Why did we give this guy the keys?

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Hypocrite Bachmann can't keep her earmarks straight

    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.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Klobuchar has had tax problems too

    Breaking news! Taxes are incredibly complicated and (GASP) even elected officials screw up once in awhile.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Station 19 owner: City trying to tax us out

    After protecting his historic building from the University of Minneso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Should MN adopt a soda sin tax?

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    Will the New York governor's proposal to slap an 18% tax on s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    West Wing and a prayer

    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.

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2007

    Budget blues

    The City of St. Paul is facing a projected $15.8 million budget shortfall for 2008. Solving the fiscal puzzle will not be easy.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    Congressman Walz raises concerns about funding for VA medical care

    The 24-year veteran of the Army National Guard and son of a Korean War veteran, Cong. Tim Walz raised numerous concerns about the shortfalls he s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2007
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    November 9, 2006

    Senate Democrats choose Pogemiller

    Choice of longtime Tax Committee Chair to be Senate Majority Leader signals DFL willingness to challenge Gov. Pawlenty on tax policy. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2006

    Strike four: Another municipality opposes stadium

    While the stadium games have heated up again at the Capitol for this legislative session, not everyone in local government is enthused.

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2005

    Norm's conquest

    Junior Senator's reponse to Katrina: Tax cuts for all my friends! It may have been Labor Day, but the powers that be in Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's office were apparently hard at work devising a plan. Coleman is clearly becoming a sort of trial-balloon politician for the neo-con agenda's most egr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2005

    Uh Oh: Anti-taxers turn on TP

    Norquist and Pawlenty: a star-crossed love It seems only yesterday that anti-tax guru Grover Norquist was singing the praises of Tim Pawlenty and calling him a dark horse possibility for president in 2008. But Norquist, sadly, does not buy the tax/fee distinction Pawlenty is selling--maybe the Star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2005

    Goldman-Sachs note excerpts

    Here are some excerpts from Goldman-Sachs's March 14 market note, emphasis added:The Fed's flow-of-funds tables show a further pickup in mortgage equity withdrawal (MEW) to a record $640 billion, or 7.4% of personal disposable income, in 2004.  Although cash-out refinancing was down somewhat, this ... More >>

  • News

    March 2, 2005

    One Hand Washes the Other

    Are the state GOP and an antiabortion group conspiring against runoff voting?

  • News

    December 17, 2003

    The New Austerity, Continued

    City finance guru Patrick Born on the Minneapolis budget

  • News

    March 5, 2003

    Hard Times at City Hall

    The State of the City? We're Broke.

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    Tim Pawlenty's New Deal

    How Minnesota's new governor set the table for this year's budget-slashing "crisis" in state healthcare spending

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  • News

    December 24, 1997

    Billion Dollar Guesswork

    Gov. Arne Carlson is crowing over a $1.3 billion budget surplus. But his own state economist, Thomas Stinson, acknowledges that the money hasn't come in yet--and perhaps never will.

  • News

    October 8, 1997

    The First Cut

    With lean budget times in the forecast, Hennepin County prepares to kill "optional" programs like sexual-violence prevention. But is it just a case of bad management?

  • News

    July 16, 1997

    (Un)Fare Wars

    Should the House bill pass, prices will go up at smaller airlines while large airlines such as Northwest will shoulder a smaller tax burden.

  • News

    October 30, 1996

    Passing the Education Buck

    Everybody's behind the Minneapolis schools referendum this year--including local business interests that opposed it last time. Why? Because their taxes will go down, while those of most homeowners will go up.

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    March 13, 1996
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    December 13, 1995
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