• 8th District will be political battleground this election
    One of the most hard-fought campaigns for Congress in Minnesota this year will be the battle for the 8th District in the northeastern part of the state.January 18, 2012
  • Dr. Jon Hallberg: New attention on reducing errors in outpatient procedures
    There's a new call to reduce deaths, infections and injuries caused by surgical and hospital errors in outpatient procedures.January 11, 2012
  • Report: Shortchanging IRS budget hurts taxpayers
    Congress is damaging the Internal Revenue Service by shortchanging its budget, making it harder for the agency to help taxpayers, detect fraud and bolster revenue collection even as budget deficits surge, a government watchdog said Wednesday.January 11, 2012
  • Emergency health care recipients cut off this week
    About 2,300 Minnesota residents who received emergency medical assistance from a program of last resort have lost that coverage as of this week. The program paid for a variety of health care services including doctor visits, chemotherapy and dialysis. The reduction in services is an outcome of the budget deal that ended last summer's state government shutdown.January 10, 2012
  • America hits the brakes on health care spending
    Health spending stabilized as a share of the nation's economy in 2010 after two back-to-back years of historically low growth.January 9, 2012
  • Many US communities are blocking medical marijuana
    More and more states are saying yes to medical marijuana. But local governments are increasingly using their laws to keep dispensaries out.January 9, 2012
  • 'Use-it-or-lose-it' health account spending rule could get lost
    The use-it-or-lose component of flexible spending accounts sends many people racing to use the money by year's end. But there is some chance the use-it-or-lose rule could be overturned, perhaps next year.December 30, 2011
  • Forced to Choose: What we learned about community budgets in tough times
    We launched our Forced to Choose series nearly three months ago with the knowledge that Minnesota communities are being pressed to make harder and harder decisions about their futures. As we wrap up this local-government tax and budget season, we've asked for a takeaway from the three reporters covering the story.December 29, 2011
  • Forced to choose, communities raise taxes, cut jobs
    Property taxes are going up, and many local government jobs are going away. As 2011 comes to an end, those two main themes emerge from our Forced to Choose series examining the decisions Minnesota's 3,200 cities, counties, townships and school districts have been making. Above, a neglected public hockey rink in Duluth.December 29, 2011
  • Forced to Choose: People to Watch
    As communities face tight budgets and calls for more efficient government, leaders have accepted the challenge to varying degrees. Some have stepped up with new ideas and are forging the path toward reinvention.December 29, 2011
  • Forced to Choose: Places to Watch
    Thousands of Minnesota leaders make tax and spending decisions virtually every week and in every corner of the state. Here are eight communities especially worth keeping an eye on through 2012 and beyond as state fiscal policies, demographic changes and demands for efficiency continue to force hard decisions.December 29, 2011
  • Forced to Choose: Frequently Asked Questions
    A primer on why local governments in Minnesota are feeling pressure and what they're doing about it.December 29, 2011
  • Minnesota scrutinizes 40-year-old 'Miracle'
    A 40-year-old idea that shifted the way Minnesota pays for many local government services -- the "Minnesota Miracle" -- is getting new scrutiny as budgets tighten.December 23, 2011
  • Looking for dollars, Minnesota cities turn to sales tax
    As financial pressures bear down on local governments, an increasing number of cities are trying to turn to the local sales tax as a means of increasing their revenue. The state is looking for fondly on the idea than it used to.December 23, 2011
  • Director fired from commission that oversees environmental spending
    Susan Thornton is out as the director of the Legislative-Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources,December 20, 2011

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