Brett Neely Feature Archive

It's been almost a week since the across-the-board federal budget cuts started going into effect. Many of the more than 21,000 federal employees who live and work in Minnesota are starting to get furlough notices. Some are putting off big purchases and travel in expectation of losing as much as a month of pay between now and September. (03/08/2013)
Automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester begin to take hold today. Minnesota's members of Congress are mostly back here in their home state and not in Washington trying to undo the $85 billion in cuts that members of both parties describe as harmful. (03/01/2013)
Details are emerging about the possible impact on Minnesota of the automatic federal budget cuts scheduled to begin on March 1. (02/24/2013)
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)