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  • States find ways to raise taxes without saying so
    As state government leaders struggle to reconcile public demand for services with still sluggish post-recession tax collections, they have turned to tax increases -- but will call them anything but. Governors and lawmakers in several states have labeled their ideas extensions, surcharges or fees and used verbal gymnastics to explain why they aren't tax increases.June 29, 2013
  • Librarians to help with health law
    The nation's librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.June 28, 2013
  • Test-driving the Obamacare software
    All the outreach in the world won't count for much if the Obamacare ticket counter doesn't work. Behind the campaign to educate the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act is the assumption that software to sell the plans will be ready and user-friendly by Oct. 1, when enrollment is supposed to start. That assumption isn't universally shared. Kaiser Health News got an early look at the exchange software that will be used in Minnesota, Maryland and the District of Columbia.June 27, 2013
  • MNsure I.T. costs up nearly $5M
    Costs to build the technology infrastructure of Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace have gone up nearly $5 million.June 26, 2013
  • The fight for rural healthcare funding in Washington
    It's harder to find allies for rural healthcare in a polarized Congress in Washington, a rural health policy official told attendees of the Minnesota Rural Health Conference here this morning.June 25, 2013
  • Tobacco tax increase may give lift to e-cigarettes
    An increase in Minnesota's cigarette tax is giving a boost to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking. The number of Twin Cities shops selling the "e-cigs" has been rising, and shop owners credit the $1.60-a-pack tax increase that goes into effect July 1 for expanding interest.June 24, 2013
  • Health insurance rebate coming to some Minnesotans
    A health insurance rebate could be coming to 9,161 Minnesotans.June 20, 2013
  • Report: Slowdown in health care costs to continue
    A report from accounting and consulting giant PwC projects lower overall growth in medical costs, even as the economy gains strength and millions of uninsured people receive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.June 18, 2013
  • Conflict between privacy rights and security is nothing new
    As technology changes, the scope of surveillance changes too. And the public perception of that surveillance changes as well.The Daily Circuit, June 17, 2013
  • Advocates for poor say MNsure's 2-tier enrollment system is unfair
    The state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, is banking on community groups and other grass-roots organizations to help people sign up for health plans. MNsure will pay consumer assistants to help Minnesotans apply for and enroll in coverage. But MNsure has a two-tier payment system that advocates for low-income people call unfair.June 17, 2013
  • Along ND border, Minn. business owners say higher taxes hurt
    Business owner Brady Olson criticizes state legislators for increasing property, sales, gasoline and cigarette taxes. Olson and other business owners in northwest Minnesota say those higher taxes make it difficult for them to compete with businesses in North Dakota, where the booming economy has allowed legislators to cut taxes.June 10, 2013
  • New stormwater management plan riles Minnesota cities
    Rules aim to reduce runoff pollution in bodies of water.The Daily Circuit, May 22, 2013
  • Minn. House passes K-12 finance bill
    The Minnesota House passed a K-12 finance bill that would increase funding by $485 million for all-day kindergarten, special education, early childhood education and the classroom.May 19, 2013
  • Minn. lawmakers take budget debate down to wire
    The final pieces of Minnesota's next two-year, $38 billion budget were falling into place Sunday as state lawmakers clocked long hours and held a succession of late-night debates at the Capitol. By late afternoon, lawmakers had sent six of nine major budget bills to Gov. Mark Dayton.May 19, 2013
  • Small businesses wonder what health overhaul has in store for them
    Organizations representing small business have been among the sharpest critics of the federal health care overhaul. But the opposition is not universal. Some small business owners in Minnesota hope they'll find new health insurance options thanks to the law and MNSURE, the new state new online insurance marketplace it created.May 13, 2013

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