Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

A bill passed by the Minnesota House that would increase taxes on alcohol has the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries in an uproar. Summit Brewing's Mark Stutrud says taxation could "eliminate our existence." (04/25/2013)
The Minnesota Senate has narrowly passed a bill that would give state representatives and senators a 35 percent pay increase. Supporters say a raise is overdue and that without better pay well-qualified candidates may not run for the Legislature. (04/16/2013)
Business executive Jim Graves says he will again for Congress next year against Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota's 6th Congressional District. (04/11/2013)
Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann says she's confident she will be cleared of any wrongdoing in a congressional investigation of campaign finance violations by her presidential campaign. (04/09/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton and Sen. Al Franken heard about the cost of higher education from college students and administrators during a roundtable discussion Monday at St. Paul College. (04/02/2013)
The president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce plans to meet with top Dayton administration officials to discuss tension between the governor and business leaders. Chamber officials accuse Dayton of misrepresenting Minnesota's business climate and dismissing their concerns about the repercussions of raising taxes on top earners. (04/01/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is again proposing an income tax on people who spend 60 or more days a year in the state. Dayton argues "snowbirds," use the same services everyone else pays for and that they should be required to pay their fair share. (03/21/2013)
Since abandoning her 2012 presidential campaign and almost losing her congressional re-election campaign last year, Bachmann has shrunk her national profile and made a point of promoting her efforts to address concerns close to home. (03/18/2013)
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton says the income tax increase on top earners in his revised budget plan is all about fairness. But his proposal to raise the tobacco tax by 94 cents a pack will disproportionately hit Minnesotans of modest means. (03/15/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton is asking Minnesota's wealthiest citizens to pay more than a billion dollars in new income taxes in order to boost state funding for schools and colleges by nearly $900 million. (03/14/2013)
Mark Dayton's gubernatorial campaign called for higher taxes on wealthy Minnesotans. He said then and now that they need to pay their fair share. Dayton speaks about his ambitious sales tax plan in similar terms - that it is intended to force businesses to pay their fair share. While the governor insists average Minnesotans would not get stuck with the bill, many are skeptical. (03/06/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday that the state's improved financial picture will allow him to go back to the drawing board and perhaps curtail some of his tax proposals. (The Daily Circuit, 03/03/2013)
In a marketing email to customers this week, warehouse store Sam's Club listed among its most popular selling items a year's supply of emergency food for a family of four. It costs $2,667 for a pallet of food in plastic buckets and has a shelf-life of up to 25 years. (The Daily Circuit, 02/22/2013)
To address the nation's debt problem, experts say Congress should first address Social Security -- the federal government's largest program. (02/19/2013)
Six years ago this month, DFLer Al Franken launched his campaign for U.S Senate against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. After a long recount, Franken won by just 312 votes. For some it appeared Franken might be an easy target in 2014, but it's not playing out that way -- at least for now. (02/15/2013)