Filmmakers Targeted

Democratic lawmakers say a relatively minor provision in their budget-balancing bill - an incentive to lure Hollywood filmmakers to Minnesota — could reap millions for the state. The Legislature previously has backed a film production tax credit, but the House proposes a $500,000 grant this year. House Majority Leader Tony Sertich, a theater and film…
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Good Faith Passes

The House today passed on an 81-51 vote its version of a bill that allows Minnesotans to sue their insurance companies for failing to act in "good faith." The measure is similar to one senators earlier passed, but there are enough differences that a House-Senate conference committee will need to work out differences. "It is…
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Vikings’ Stadium Debated

A Senate tax bill looks like it will include a study to build a Vikings football stadium. But Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, did not like the idea. "We can’t afford education; we can’t afford conservation and natural resources," Marty said, but now the Legislature could begin the road toward a new stadium. "It’s the first…
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JOBZ Still Out

Senate Minority Leader Dave Senjem, R-Rochester, this morning tried to amend a tax bill going through the Senate Taxes Committee to keep the Job Opportunity Building Zones program alive. However, he dropped the attempt after Tax Chairman Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, promised to hear the proposal later in the session. Bakk’s overall tax bill kills the…
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Declaration Copy On Tour

Get ready, American history buffs. A copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence will be displayed in Minnesota this spring in conjunction with the state’s sesquicentennial celebration. The document is one of 25 original copies printed July 4, 1776, and the only one that travels for exhibition, according to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s office.…
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