$1.35 Billion In Tax Cuts Suggested As Minnesota Budget Debate Nears

Minnesota lawmakers plan to figure out their state budget plans in the next two weeks. With that deadline in mind, House Republicans announced Monday, March 20, they want to cut taxes $1.35 billion in the next two years. Later in the day, Senate Republicans said they want to spend $3.6 billion for transportation over 10…
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Minnesota Tax Bills Seek Reductions For Veterans’ Spouses

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Widows and widowers of disabled military veterans in Minnesota could be eligible for a permanent property tax exemption after their spouses die under a bill working its way through the state Legislature. Current Minnesota law allows an eight-year limit for surviving spouses to benefit from an exemption of either…
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Chatter: Midwest Waits To Learn About Agriculture Pick

Many Americans have strong feelings about President Donald Trump’s picks for his Cabinet, but not so much his pick for agriculture secretary. A statement by Executive Director Perry Aasness of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council was typical of reaction the Trump’s announcement that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue will be agriculture secretary: “We are glad that…
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Legislation Would Pay Minnesotans For Wisconsin Tax Losses

The Minnesota House Taxes Committee chairman is tired of dealing with Wisconsin about income taxes. So Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, drew up a provision he plans to insert into his tax bill this year that would reimburse Minnesotans who pay higher taxes working in Wisconsin than if they worked in Minnesota. For decades, the states…
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Chatter: Partial Quick Start For Minnesota Legislature

The first new law of 2017 came nine days into the annual legislative session. Now, that’s zippy in a process that often drags on until May, especially when the issue is taxes, like the legislation Gov. Mark Dayton signed Friday, Jan. 13. And a couple other issues are moving fast, sort of. A bill to…
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