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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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
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 >>
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 >>
Two Republican senators have introduced a bill to increase the state's tobacco tax from 35 percent to more than 47 percent.The tax revenue, which could amount to as much as $320 million, would be funneled into the state's general treasury. According to Politics in Minnesota, earlier this week, on ... 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.
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.
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 >>
Crime in Minneapolis is dropping, but now it appears the budget axe is dropping on the crime fighters.
Breaking news! Taxes are incredibly complicated and (GASP) even elected officials screw up once in awhile.
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.
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 >>
The rich are different from you and me: They pay less in taxes
How the governor's political aspirations are preventing a budget deal
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
City finance guru Patrick Born on the Minneapolis budget
Health care took the most visible hits at the Legislature this year, and the future only looks bleaker: Linda Berglin, the only DFLer who stood and fought Pawlenty's cuts.
How Minnesota's new governor set the table for this year's budget-slashing "crisis" in state healthcare spending
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.
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.
The Wild River Patriots are out to beat the New World Order in Burnett County, Wisconsin.