• 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

    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 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

    June 13, 2013

    Lung Association's Bob Moffitt looks forward to July, when cig taxes go up $1.60 per pack [INTERVIEW]

    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 >>

  • 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

    January 23, 2013

    Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in Minnesota

    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 >>

  • 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

    April 11, 2012

    Gov. Dayton using veto pen to hold line against ALEC-drafted legislation

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    MNGOP, DFL Reps. argue heatedly about who's sticking it to middle class [VIDEO]

    ​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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • News

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's "Texas miracle" is a fantasy

    The GOP presidential candidate's claims don't hold up

  • 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

    April 29, 2011

    Minneapolis bills homeowners for street repairs: Reminder

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 14, 2010

    Scott Dibble takes aim at tobacco products

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Six Minnesotans sue Pawlenty over budget cuts

    A lawsuit filed yesterday challenges the constitutionality of Pawlenty's use of unallotment.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Pawlenty economics: Little hope for success

    Why did we give this guy the keys?

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Minn. DFL proposes increasing taxes on all things that matter

    DFL legislators have come up with the genius idea of taxing all things that really matter in life: booze, cigarettes, and rich people.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Tax day mixtape

    Gimme Noise offers some music tips to help you get through an afternoon of hair pulling and pant pooping.

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Bad idea: Threatening to shoot IRS reps

    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.

  • 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

    October 24, 2008

    Should baseball pay for sidewalks?

    angrytraffic.jpg The Minneapolis City Council is split over who should pay for needed traffic improvements around the new Twins ballp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Feeling gassy?

    If DFL lawmakers succeed in pushing through the first state gas tax increase in two decades, Minnesotans might wind up paying as much as five cents more on the gallon. How would we rank with bordering states?

  • 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

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2006

    3Q: New Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller

    City Pages quizzes soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller (DFL-Mpls) on the surplus, taxes, and his contentious relations ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    October 11, 2006

    A Centrist is Born

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

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    July 29, 2005
  • News

    July 27, 2005

    Scuzzy Math

    Was the education budget the "big winner" at the Capitol? The truth is in the numbers.

  • 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

    May 13, 2005

    MPLS: Anti-ballpark resolution

    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 >>

  • News

    July 21, 2004

    Dead Set on Destruction

    Even Republicans are alarmed by the governor's fiscal mismanagement

  • News

    March 10, 2004

    You Can't Get There from Here

    Is the bus shutdown part of the Governor's grand plan?

  • 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

    May 21, 2003

    Budget: DFL Hands the Store to Pawlenty

    As public criticism of Pawlenty's budget grows, state dems abruptly cave in

  • News

    March 5, 2003

    Hard Times at City Hall

    The State of the City? We're Broke.

  • News

    October 9, 2002

    Magical Misery Tour

    Norm Coleman's "St. Paul miracle" gets a withering report card

  • Arts

    July 11, 2001

    Eagan Needs Luxury Homes

    Tony Caponi's 60-acre suburban sculpture garden, where he has lived since 1949, could have a future as a permanent art park-- or another housing development

  • 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

    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

    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.

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