Conservative Group Faults Minnesota Tax Law

A conservative group says Minnesota’s taxes are the 46th most competitive in the country. The Tax Foundation reported on Wednesday, Sept. 28, that when considering corporate, individual income, sales, property and unemployment insurance taxes, Minnesota finished near the last. Only Vermont, Washington, D.C., California, New York and New Jersey have worse business tax climates, the…
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Minnesota leaders walk outside to talk to reporters Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, after they failed to reach a deal to call a special legislative session. From left are House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Gov. Mark Dayton and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Staff Talks Begin New Work Toward Special Legislative Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a special legislative session dead just more than a month ago, but on Thursday, Sept. 22, legislative and executive branch staff members gather to discuss bringing legislators back this fall. The governor raised the possibility of resurrecting special session talks during a late-August State Fair interview and talked to House…
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Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt, left, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk share a light moment Friday, July 15, 2016, before heading into negotiations that could lead to a special legislative session. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Governor, Leaders Say They Are Near Special Session Deal

The governor and top two legislative leaders say they tentatively agree to call Minnesota legislators back to St. Paul for a special legislative session the third week in August to pass tax and public works bills, but work remains before that can happen. After meeting two hours in private, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton; Senate Majority…
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A crowd listens to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Rochester, his first stop on a statewide tour selilng the need for a public works bill. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Political Chatter: Campaigns Are On For Special Session

Minnesota Democrats and Republicans agree on the need for a special legislative session, but that does not mean one is certain. Democrats, led by Gov. Mark Dayton, argue that a one-day June session is needed to approve funding public works projects in a bonding bill. Most Republicans do not dispute the need for such a…
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About 200 people listen to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton In Rochester  Wednesday, June 8, 2016, as he says it is important for the Legislature to pass a public works fuunding bill. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

Dayton Starts Public Works Campaign

Gov. Mark Dayton may not be up for election in November, but he is campaigning this week. The Democratic governor launched a three-day statewide tour Wednesday to sell Minnesotans on the need for a public works finance bill. He emphasized higher education facility needs at his first stop, Rochester Community and Technical College, and will…
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