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Governor Dayton vetoes Legislature’s plan to use reserves to buy back school...

A debate between Governor Dayton and the Legislature over how quickly to reverse the school funding shift has put the spotlight on the proper role of the state’s budget reserve. We have all heard how...

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Tax conference committee avoids cuts to renters’ property tax refunds, passes...

The tax conference committee, charged with working out a compromise between House and Senate omnibus tax bills, appears to have finished their work and have passed a conference committee report....

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Tax cuts are a risky way to try to stimulate state’s economy

Proponents of the omnibus tax bill vetoed today by Governor Dayton made the case that the tax cuts it contains – primarily a freeze on the statewide property tax paid by businesses and cabins and...

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Scaled-back tax bill still raises unanswered questions about the future

Last week, Governor Dayton vetoed House File 2337, the omnibus tax bill. But that doesn’t mean the tax discussion is over for this session. Two other tax bills are moving through the Legislature today....

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A few pieces from vetoed tax bill find a home in House File 2690

I blogged earlier today about how some of the ideas from the vetoed omnibus tax bill (House File 2337) have found new life in two other tax bills moving today at the Legislature. House File 247...

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Tax debate ends with one bill signed, one pocket veto

This afternoon, we saw the final chapter of the tax debate for the 2012 Legislative Session as Governor Dayton took action on the two remaining tax bills. And we are largely back where we started, with...

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Close call for tax fairness and renters

Tax fairness won a victory in the 2012 Legislative Session. A proposal to make more cuts to property tax refunds for renters did not become law, although it had support in the House. We’ve released a...

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Minnesota stands to lose millions under federal deficit-reduction plan

If federal policymakers fail to put forward a balanced deficit-reduction plan that includes significant revenues, Minnesota’s schools, roads and bridges, and communities would be substantially harmed,...

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Minnesota’s policymakers respond to natural disasters in special session

On Friday, August 24, the Minnesota Legislature passed and Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation to respond to the needs of Minnesota communities after recent floods in northeast Minnesota and storms...

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Strong Minnesota economy requires sound investments

Time to get back to what works For prosperity to be widespread and Minnesota to compete in the global economy, our leaders have to move beyond gimmicks and short-term fixes. We need to support the...

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Governor Dayton’s budget proposal Part 1: Health care reform

The state budget plan released by Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday seeks to end the cycle of deficits and put the state on a firmer financial foundation. We’re just starting to dig into the details of the...

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Governor Dayton’s budget proposal part 2: tax reform

After many years of budget deficits and deep cuts to services, it’s time to instead invest in our communities and our future. We’ve long argued for a tax system that more adequately funds our state’s...

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Governor Dayton’s budget proposal part 4: Economic development, housing,...

Governor Dayton’s budget seeks to put the brakes on more than a decade of budget deficits, gimmicks and deep cuts to services, and instead create a fairer tax system that invests in our future. We’ve...

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You can’t turn a ship on a dime, but you can start to get it back on course

I sometimes think of the State of Minnesota as a ship that’s been heading in the wrong direction. We’ve spent the last few weeks reviewing elements of Governor Dayton’s proposed budget, which includes...

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The why and how of tax reform

The time is ripe for Minnesota to reform our outdated tax system to make it fairer, end the cycle of budget deficits and sustainably fund the state’s priorities. That’s the gist of testimony I gave to...

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Governor Dayton’s supplemental budget remains committed to tax fairness,...

The days are getting longer and the weather is turning warmer. That’s a sign winter is changing into spring. What hasn’t changed since January are the critical needs for this legislative session: The...

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The need for tax reform has not changed

We’ve updated our analysis of Minnesota’s tax system to reflect the state’s new Tax Incidence Study. Unfortunately, we find that troublesome trends continue. The share of income that Minnesotans pay in...

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10 Ways in 10 Days makes the case for investing in Minnesota

Meet Robyn Cruey. She’s one of 10 Minnesotans you’re going to hear a lot about in the next 10 days. They are all featured in Invest in Minnesota’s 10 Ways in 10 Days campaign that launches today. It...

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10 Ways in 10 Days Two: Invest in people with disabilities

Day Two of Invest in Minnesota’s 10 Ways in 10 Days campaign features Nicole Atherton of Moorhead. Nicole Atherton is 25 years old and an active member of the Moorhead community. Nicole does volunteer...

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‘Fourth tier’ would have little impact on small businesses

A new state income tax bracket proposed for the highest-income Minnesotans would not touch most small businesses, since only a small share of households that report “small business” income would be in...

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