Tax Policy

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    Convenience Stores Say Tobacco Taxes Are Killing Them

    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 >>

  • 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

    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

    March 6, 2014

    DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler isn't fan of huge tax cut sailing through House

    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 >>

  • 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 15, 2013

    House DFLers propose 7-cent tax increase on beer pints, 84-cent hike on 12ers

    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 >>

  • News

    October 10, 2012

    The 10 Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which ones need to be closed, we will

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    Mark Dayton gets F grade in Cato Institute's 2012 governor fiscal policy report card

    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 >>

  • 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

    September 18, 2012

    Kurt Bills, GOP Senate candidate, says he'd support tax increase, fight Grover Norquist

    The stress of a moribund U.S. Senate campaign might be getting to Kurt Bills.SEE ALSO:-- Michael Brodkorb hates Kurt Bills, wants write-in MNGOP U.S. Senate candidate-- Kurt Bills' new ad takes Klobuchar's joke out of context, but what else do you expect? [VIDEO]-- Dave Wellstone calls Kurt Bills' h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Chip Cravaack: Taxpayers are paying more than $1,000 a month for his 2011 Chevy Equinox

    Chip Cravaack has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, the 'no tax increases ever for any reason' manifesto put together by anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.But there is apparently at least one tax increase Cravaack, an embattled first-term U.S. Representative for northeastern Minnesota's 8th con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    Dayton vetoes "smokin' hot" MNGOP-crafted tax cut bill

    An exchange on the House floor Tuesday night succinctly captured the difference of opinion between MNGOP and DFL lawmakers about a tax bill vetoed this morning by Gov. Mark Dayton.House Taxes Committee Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, described the legislation as a "smokin' hot tax bill." In reply, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    MNGOP legislators want to phase out business property tax, pay for it by... well, they aren't sure

    ​MNGOP lawmakers really, really want to cut taxes. But tax cuts require spending decreases, and that's where the problem lies. On a 72-62 party-line vote, House Republicans yesterday passed a bill that would cut business property taxes by $40 million next year and then reduce the levy annually unt ... 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

    July 20, 2011

    Dayton signs budget to end shutdown, state employees back to work tomorrow

    Dayton said he was forced to sign a budget he didn't like.​Minnesota's shutdown is over.Mark Dayton signed the nine budget bills and three spending bills at 9:00 a.m., ending the state's embarrassing, costly lockout on its 20th day. The shutdown's end is good news for the 22,000 state employee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Mark Dayton sworn in as governor today [UPDATE]

    Mark Dayton will be the next governor of Minnesota.​Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes. Mark Dayton took the oath of office as Minnesota's governor at noon, the first Democrat to hold that office in decades.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Michele Bachmann caught spreading tax lies on "Good Morning America"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    John Gunyou debuts as Margaret Anderson Kelliher's running mate

    Gunyou criticized Pawlenty's no-tax mantra​Backed by an entourage of family members and fellow politicians, DFL-endorsed Margaret Anderson Kelliher confirmed rumors this afternoon that she has plucked Minnetonka city manager John Gunyou as her running mate in the gubernatorial race. In introd ... 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

    June 22, 2009

    Taxpayer's League names Pawlenty a "Hero of the Taxpayer"

    The Taxpayer's League released their 2009 Minnesota Legislative Scorecard and guess who they gave a standing ovation to?

  • News

    August 15, 2007

    Who's to Blame?

    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

  • News

    February 14, 2007

    The Smiling Face of Pain

    The "new" Tim Pawlenty looks a lot like the old one

  • News

    October 11, 2006

    A Centrist is Born

    Mike Hatch mines the middle ground—and never mentions the T-word

  • News

    February 22, 2006

    The Road to Perdition

    The governor wants to spend billions on roads without raising your taxes. Think there might be a catch?

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2005

    Alms From the Poor

    "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 >>

  • News

    July 6, 2005

    The Shutdown Showdown

    For once, Minnesota Dems take a hard line with Pawlenty

  • News

    June 29, 2005

    Pawlenty Budget Reams Health Care Funding

    Once again, MNCare would take the biggest hits

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2005

    Kennedy's Voting Record

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    June 15, 2005

    Taxes and Minnesota's Wealthiest: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

    The rich are different from you and me: They pay less in taxes

  • News

    June 1, 2005

    Minnesota Held Hostage

    How the governor's political aspirations are preventing a budget deal

  • News

    March 2, 2005

    Gov: Like Those Renters' Rebates? Too Bad

    Do You Rent Your Living Space? In His Never-Ending Quest to Find Revenue Without Raising Taxes, Governor Pawlenty Wants to Screw You

  • News

    January 26, 2005

    Everything You Know About Taxes is Wrong

    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

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Minnesota Eats Itself

    Another Pawlenty budget, another round of bloodletting

  • News

    December 15, 2004

    More is Less

    Why you should have bought the IDS Center

  • News

    May 5, 2004

    Hit By Pitch

    What's wrong with Pawlenty's stadium push? Everything.

  • News

    February 4, 2004

    Against Our Will

    Pawlenty and the republicans buck popular opinion on health care

  • News

    February 4, 2004

    Tax Change Undercuts Affordable Housing

    State could lose 80,000 units of low-cost housing

  • News

    January 28, 2004

    Capitol Offenses

    State legislators are poised for a spending spree--on stadiums and prisons

  • News

    June 4, 2003

    Death by a Thousand Cuts

    How does Minnesota's fresh-minted 2003 budget make this a meaner place? Let us count the ways

  • 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

  • News

    March 6, 2002

    The Circus Came to Town

    So much debt, so little leadership

  • News

    March 6, 2002

    The Ascent of a Politician

    On the inside looking out, can Jesse Ventura win as a responsible renegade?

  • Feature

    September 1, 1998
  • News

    December 3, 1997

    Accounting Day for the Taxman

    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.

  • News

    October 1, 1997

    Death and Taxes

    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

  • 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.

  • News

    March 13, 1996
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    October 11, 1995
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