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  • Sidewalk seating vs. parking in Lowertown
    People who want to see more sidewalk cafes in downtown St. Paul will clash this week with those concerned about limited parking.March 4, 2013
  • Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high
    With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.March 3, 2013
  • Minnesota health exchange on deadline, moving swiftly
    Legislation that would create a new online marketplace for Minnesotans to buy health insurance will be making its last state Senate committee stop this week. In order for the exchange to open for business in October as required, state lawmakers must pass a bill by the third week in March.February 18, 2013
  • For some workers, W2 details health costs
    Workers for large employers may notice new health insurance information listed on their W2 forms this year. Under the federal health care law, W2 forms now must include the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance.February 17, 2013
  • Legislators eager to parse Minn. budget bills
    DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced his two-year budget proposal nearly three weeks ago, but most of those tax and spending recommendations have not yet arrived in the House and Senate as bills.February 11, 2013
  • Aging America: No easy fix for hospital readmission epidemic
    More than 1 million Americans wind up back in the hospital only weeks after they left for reasons that could have been prevented -- a revolving door that for years has seemed impossible to slow. Now Medicare has begun punishing hospitals with hefty fines if they have too many readmissions, and a top official says signs of improvement are beginning to emerge.February 10, 2013
  • Some families to be priced out of health overhaul
    Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law.January 31, 2013
  • Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice
    President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year.January 30, 2013
  • Consumer alert: new health care markets on the way
    Buying your own health insurance will never be the same. This fall, new insurance markets called exchanges will open in each state, marking the long-awaited and much-debated debut of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.January 29, 2013
  • States have many questions on Medicaid expansion
    As state legislative sessions advance, lawmakers are debating whether to expand their Medicaid programs as provided by President Barack Obama's health care law.January 28, 2013
  • House leaders react to Dayton's budget proposal
    Minnesota House leaders join us to discuss Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, which calls for increased revenue and spending.The Daily Circuit, January 28, 2013
  • Glossary: New lingo for consumers in health overhaul
    President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms:January 27, 2013
  • Q and A: Health insurance exchanges will transform market
    Health insurance exchanges will change the way people buy coverage and will help millions of uninsured people get a private plan. Nearly 49 million people are uninsured in the United States, but the numbers vary dramatically by state.January 27, 2013
  • Consumer alert: new health care markets on the way
    Buying your own health insurance will never be the same. This fall, new insurance markets called exchanges will open in each state, marking the long-awaited and much-debated debut of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The goal is quality coverage for millions of uninsured people in the United States. What the reality will look like is anybody's guess.January 27, 2013
  • A look at Governor Dayton's property tax reform proposals
    Governor Mark Dayton didn't just propose a budget on Tuesday, he also put forward an overhaul of the state's tax system. Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, chair of a group that's made recommendations to simplify Minnesota's property tax system, talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the Governor's property tax proposal.January 23, 2013

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