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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Calendar Provides Firm Special Session Deadline

A rigid calendar deadline that not even top Minnesota officials can change affects citizens statewide, but especially in greater Minnesota. The reality that the 2017 state Legislature begins in three weeks and it is nearly impossible to negotiate major legislation during the holidays means Thursday, Dec. 15, is the last day deals can be reached…
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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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