North Dakota May Lose $4 Billion Of Taxes As Oil Prices Drop

By Mike Nowatzki BISMARCK, N.D. – A revised state revenue forecast presented Thursday to North Dakota lawmakers predicts the effects of sagging oil prices will cause oil and gas tax revenue to drop more than $4 billion over the next two years compared with the December forecast used in the governor’s budget proposal. The House…
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Loan Forgiveness Could Attract Health Professionals To Rural Areas

Rural Minnesota is short of medical professionals, and many health advocates are lining up behind a proposal to partially forgive student loans of graduates who practice in rural areas. “This can bring needed resources to our rural and frontier communities,” Shauna Reitmeier of Northwestern Mental Health Center in Crookston told a Senate committee Wednesday before…
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Education-focused Dayton Budget Covers A Wide Range Of Issues

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s two-year budget plan would pump more than a half billion dollars into education, increase the number of food inspectors by 26, add facilities at some parks, fund better supervision of child abuse programs, improve railroad crossings and provide hundreds of other changes. He would do it without a general tax increase.…
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16-cent-a-gallon Gas Tax Center Of Transportation Plan

Minnesota motorists would pay at least 16 cents a gallon more gasoline taxes under Gov. Mark Dayton’s transportation funding proposal. They would pay slightly higher motor vehicle license fees and $10 more to register a vehicle. Also, a half percent sales tax increase would be applied in the Twin Cities for transit needs. Dayton announced…
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Dayton Seeks $11 Billion For Transportation

Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to spend about $11 billion more in the next decade to improve the state’s roads and bridges and boost transit. The governor on Monday said Minnesotans would pay 16 cents or more per gallon in a new tax on gasoline (on top of the 28.5 cents the state already collects).…
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