STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER ‘People have a right to expect lower property taxes’
By Don Davis
The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up.
By mid-December, city, county and... Posted on 11/25/13 at 9:07 AM
STAFF BLOG OIL PATCH DISPATCH Watford City to house new judge
BISMARCK -- Watford City will be home to a new judgeship aimed at addressing the increase in court filings in growing Oil Patch communities, the North Dakota Supreme Court decided Tuesday.
State legis... Posted on 6/4/13 at 6:41 PM
STAFF BLOG JIMMY JABBER Duluth-area leaders bring a message of thanks to Capitol
ST. PAUL Previous years visits to the state Capitol by Northeastern Minnesota community leaders included requests to fund projects such as an airport terminal, a hockey arena, an intermodal transpo... Posted on 2/14/13 at 12:00 AM
STAFF BLOG EH? PLUS Are things THAT bad at the state Capitol?
Eh? knows that Minnesota faces a budget deficit, but are things really that bad?
The state flag flying outside of the Capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday was upside down. A flag flown upside down can be... Posted on 2/1/13 at 11:00 PM
They know the upcoming session of the Minnesota Legislature will be a short one — in and out — and dominated by a bonding bill, an every-other-year doling out of cash for public projects such as arenas and college buildings. They know, too, that any time lawmakers still have left after that will be eaten up by a proposal to raise the minimum wage, a bill to strengthen the state’s synthetic drug laws, and other priority items.
UPDATE: Mark Dayton said today that he and his staff have been in regular contact with MNsure officials, and even more often as deadlines approached and computer glitches, problems with a help line and other issues built up.
Robin Washington column: In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, most notably the requirement that states with a history of voter suppression obtain federal permission to change their voting laws.
As he should have, Gov. Mark Dayton made clear he wants to use the expected $1.1 billion state budget surplus announced last week to repeal three unnecessary sales taxes on businesses and provide income tax relief for the middle class.
Call it a long-awaited good start. This year marks the first time in four seasons that Spirit Mountain has opened in time to capitalize on local skiers’ and snowboarders’ Thanksgiving craving for a winter fix.
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