Seniors Say Even Small Social Security Savings Worthwhile

Emmy Treichal says $201 more a year would mean a lot to her. “I would save it,” the 89-year-old St. Paul resident said. “I always have a project I am saving for.” That $201 will be the average amount of income taxes Social Security recipients in Minnesota will save under a new law that reduces…
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Estate Tax May Be One Factor In Minnesotans’ Moves

Mark Sellner sat in Sarasota Springs, Fla., where it was 91 degrees and partly cloudy, with 56 percent humidity. There was a zero percent chance of state estate taxes. In Plymouth, Minn., which he left less than a year ago, the temperature at the same time was 74, with sunny skies and 30 percent humidity.…
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Chatter: Sweet Tweet Makes Sugar Producers Happy

It was not his best-known tweet, but a short Thursday, June 29, message from President Donald Trump was sweet to American sugar producers. “New Sugar deal negotiated with Mexico is a very good one for both Mexico and the U.S. Had no deal for many years which hurt U.S. badly,” the president tweeted that morning.…
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Dayton Signs Budget, But No Legislature Money

Minnesota state government has a budget, other than for the Legislature. Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed the Legislature’s budget Tuesday, May 30, because of what he called “a reprehensible sneak attack, which shatters whatever trust we achieved during the session.” The action was a line tucked into one of the budget bills Dayton signed Tuesday that…
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Chatter: Peterson Wants To Stay In Congress; Nolan Still Thinking

Collin Peterson is running for U.S. House again, but Rick Nolan is waiting to decide whether to make a re-election or governor bid. And Tim Walz is giving up his House seat to run for governor. Peterson’s decision to run again is a bright sign for Minnesota Democrats because the southern Minnesota district Walz represents…
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