• Feds to allow use of Medicare data to rate doctors
    Picking a specialist for a delicate medical procedure like a heart bypass could get a lot easier in the not-too-distant future.December 5, 2011
  • Anti-smoking efforts losing effectiveness among teens
    Public health officials are disappointed with new findings that show there has been no significant change in tobacco usage among teenagers during the past few years.December 5, 2011
  • Dayton to counties: No relief in surplus
    Gov. Mark Dayton told leaders of Minnesota's counties today that he's sympathetic to their financial difficulties, but promised no immediate relief.December 5, 2011
  • Health exchange demonstrations online for public review
    Prototypes of possible models for Minnesota's health exchanges are now online and will allow consumers to shop for health coverage, compare health plans, and guide eligible residents through the process of applying for public subsidies.December 5, 2011
  • Making sense of congressional redistricting
    Sixteen-term U.S. Congressman Barney Frank just announced he is not running for reelection in Massachusetts. He says the new lines of his district played a big role in his decision not to run. His statement got us wondering how new maps across the country are affecting the 2012 election.Midmorning, December 2, 2011
  • State leaders temper surprising economic forecast with skepticism
    Many state leaders are reluctant to celebrate today's surprising economic forecast projecting of an $876 million budget surplus, — possibly because the forecast also shows a likely return to red ink in the following cycle.December 1, 2011
  • Hennepin County taxpapers question falling home values, rising taxes
    Rather than directly reducing their property tax bills like it used to, next year the state will reduce the taxable value of some homes. That tends to shift taxes onto other types of property.November 30, 2011
  • Foley City Council approves plan to hire private security
    As a cost-saving measure, private security guards will patrol city streets in Foley, Minn., beginning next year.November 29, 2011
  • Ramsey County hearing spotlights taxes vs. services dilemma
    About 250 taxpayers turned out last night in Ramsey County to ask the county board to protect public services, plea for lower taxes and largely criticize a proposal to build a new Minnesota Vikings football stadium in the county.November 29, 2011
  • Minn. to get federal health care funds after all
    More than $6 million in federal health care funds will come to Minnesota after all. The money was at the heart of a political skirmish between Gov. Mark Dayton and State Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie.November 28, 2011
  • Administration unveils new rules for tribal lands
    New rules were unveiled that officials say will expedite home building and energy development for tribal lands.November 28, 2011
  • Support grows for abolishing property tax in ND
    Many Minnesota residents expect a bigger bill when their property tax statements arrive this month. But across the border, North Dakota residents are considering a proposal to make the state the first in the nation to abolish property taxes.November 25, 2011
  • Tax notices generate relief, anger
    In Minnesota, every year there are lots of reasons property taxes can go up or down. This year there are even more, as homeowners and business people are learning when they open their proposed property tax statements.November 25, 2011
  • In Brooklyn Park, tight budget spurs unionization effort
    The number of city employees trying to unionize in Minnesota has been rising in the past few years. In the latest report from our Forced To Choose series, we look at cash-strapped Brooklyn Park, which could become the first city in Minnesota with a union representing its part-time firefighters.November 23, 2011
  • Shocked by your tax notice? Look again
    If you just opened your truth-in-taxation notice and are stunned to see how little your house is apparently worth, take a deep breath. What may have plunged is your "taxable market value," which is not the same as what your house might fetch on the market.November 22, 2011

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