• Dayton plan could expand sales tax
    The major tax overhaul that Minnesota lawmakers are expected to consider next year could include some significant changes in the state sales tax. Extending the sales tax to clothing remains an unpopular and unlikely option, but many other transactions could be taxed for the first time as a way to boost state revenues.December 19, 2012
  • Trial begins in Mpls. firefighter's lawsuit
    Testimony in a workplace retaliation lawsuit involving the Minneapolis Fire Department began today in U.S. District Court.December 18, 2012
  • Time for states to decide on health care exchanges
    Friday is decision day for states to notify Washington if they will set up their own insurance exchanges under the federal health care law.December 14, 2012
  • New MNDOT commissioner Zelle talks priorities
    The CEO of a Minneapolis-based bus company will become the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in January. He talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his transportation priorities.December 13, 2012
  • Consultant: public trust is key to success of health exchange
    A communications consultant told a state panel today that building public trust will be key to the success of a new health insurance exchange.December 11, 2012
  • MinnesotaCare shift to vouchers off to slow start
    The Healthy Minnesota Contribution Program was supposed to shift 4,200 people from the MinnesotaCare program to a voucher system. But the program itself is having a hard time getting off the ground.December 11, 2012
  • Feds rule on health care law's Medicaid expansion
    States must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law, the Obama administration said Monday.December 10, 2012
  • Trade-offs in raising Medicare eligibility age
    Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government's huge deficits.December 7, 2012
  • State review finds HMO finances are 'generally sound' but report raises questions
    A state review finds Minnesota HMOs providing services to public programs such as Medicaid and MinnesotaCare have generally sound financial practices. But the report did raise concerns about the plans' charitable donations and other uses of public dollars.December 7, 2012
  • Lawsuit: Minn. erred in paying for abortions
    A recent lawsuit says the Minnesota state government wrongly paid for thousands of abortions for low income women.November 28, 2012
  • Report: health law a good deal for states
    A new report says states can receive more than $9 in federal money for every dollar they spend to cover low-income residents under President Barack Obama's health care law.November 26, 2012
  • Minn. tax hike not a sure thing, even as DFL takes reins
    A major overhaul of state tax policy could be in the works when the newly elected DFL Legislature arrives at the Capitol. Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to launch the discussion in January when he unveils his plan for making the tax system fairer and simpler. But a tax increase on top earners could be a tough sell, even with Democrats in control of the House and Senate.November 26, 2012
  • Obama's health care overhaul turns into a sprint
    The long slog has turned into a sprint. President Barack Obama's health care law survived the Supreme Court and the election; now the uninsured can sign up for coverage in about 11 months.November 9, 2012
  • Value of health insurance could be tough sell to some uninsured
    The federal health care overhaul aims to drastically reduce the number of Americans who don't have insurance. But as Minnesota officials gear up to promote the importance of health insurance, market research indicates even subsidized health plans will be a tough sell with some people.November 6, 2012
  • Health changes spur test of more part-time workers
    The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants is putting more workers on part-time status in a test aimed at limiting costs from President Barack Obama's health care law.October 10, 2012

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