Brett Neely Feature Archive

Many states are in the middle of major tax overhauls. Minnesota's governor is proposing to expand the sales tax and lower the corporate tax rate while loopholes are eliminated and tax rates raised on the wealthiest individuals in the state. (02/22/2013)
Do U.S. immigration policies drive off skilled foreign graduates of American universities? (02/15/2013)
The White House says President Barack Obama's State of the Union address will focus on jobs and the economy, but the subject of overhauling the nation's immigration laws is almost certain to come up. It's an issue likely to dominate the Congressional agenda through the summer. With various proposals under discussion, Minnesota's delegates are taking stances on the issue. (02/12/2013)
Experts say sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts that were part of the 2011 debt limit deal that are scheduled to kick in March 1, wouldn't hit Minnesota as hard as it would other states. (02/06/2013)
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes Minnesota Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, heard today from advocates and critics of stronger gun control laws. (01/30/2013)
President Obama will be in Minneapolis on Monday, according to White House officials. The purpose of his visit is unclear. (01/29/2013)
President Barack Obama named a Minnesotan to one of the most powerful jobs in his administration on Friday when he announced Stillwater native Denis McDonough as his chief of staff. (01/25/2013)
Five of Minnesota's eight House members backed a measure allowing the government's borrowing limit to rise, including Democratic Rep. Tim Walz. (01/23/2013)
As many as 800,000 thousand people are forecast to attend President Obama's second inauguration on the National Mall on Monday. Among them will be Minnesotans of modest means and some of the president's biggest campaign contributors. (01/18/2013)
Democrats on Capitol Hill, including Minneapolis Rep. Keith Ellison, are introducing legislation that would abolish the government's debt ceiling. (01/16/2013)
President Barack Obama's series of proposals to reduce gun violence announced Wednesday drew a mix of reactions from Minnesota's Congressional delegation and prominent local officials. (01/16/2013)
When the 113th Congress officially convened today, the big question on the minds of many Democrats and Republicans was whether the new Congress will be more productive than the last one. (01/03/2013)
After voting to avert tax hikes for most Americans while raising them on the wealthiest, the 112th Congress is nearly over. MPR News' Washington reporter Brett Neely discusses the aftermath of the fiscal cliff debate and what happens next on Capitol Hill. (01/02/2013)
A week after a gunman killed 26 students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers in Washington are starting to think about proposals for how to stop future rampages. (12/21/2012)
Congress appears unlikely to pass a farm bill by the end of the year, says Rep. Collin Peterson. (12/19/2012)