• What to watch for in Minn. budget forecast
    Minnesota's budget debate kicks into a higher gear on Thursday when state finance officials set the parameters for a process that must conclude by mid-May.February 27, 2013
  • Lawmakers seek alternatives to some of Dayton's tax ideas
    Reaction to Dayton's proposed re-tooling of sales taxes, income taxes and property taxes has been mostly lukewarm, even among his fellow Democrats. Some are already looking at possible options.February 21, 2013
  • Mayors: Dayton budget will keep property taxes down
    Mayors from St. Paul, St. Cloud and several metro area suburbs say Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed budget will help them maintain services without a property tax hike.February 20, 2013
  • Do tax increases kill jobs? Minn. soon to find out
    The patience of business owners is being tried more than ever, as Dayton and the Democrats who now control the Capitol mull a menu of tax increases that would primarily hit company ledgers -- just as most states are going the opposite way.February 13, 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
  • Sales tax plan would be boon to some Minn. cities
    About two dozen Minnesota cities and counties whose sales taxes piggyback on the state's would see a gusher of new money if Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed sales tax expansion prevails.January 28, 2013
  • Dayton budget would boost school-based mental health funding
    State lawmakers begin debate on DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's budget this week. Among the many proposals: the governor wants to double state funding for mental health programs in schools. The new money would pay for independent mental health professionals to support existing school programs.January 28, 2013
  • Business fights back on Dayton's sales tax plan
    Some Minnesota business leaders say the governor's sales tax proposal is a terrible idea that would hurt the state's economy.January 24, 2013
  • Dayton budget: Not all cities see boost in long run
    The proposal Gov. Mark Dayton laid out Tuesday adds $80 million a year to Local Government Aid, a longstanding program that supplements the budgets of the vast majority of cities. But some gain a lot more than others in the long run.January 23, 2013
  • Dayton's budget: Key lawmakers take wait-and-see approach
    Gov. Mark Dayton's sweeping tax and spending proposal faced a second day of scrutiny Wednesday at the State Capitol. Republicans criticized his education budget for not including money to cover $1.2 billion in delayed payments to schools. And the DFL tax chairs in the House and Senate took a wait-and-see approach to his proposed overhaul of the state tax code.January 23, 2013
  • Education gets big boost in Dayton's budget proposal
    All levels of education, from preschool to higher ed, would receive increases in funding under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.January 23, 2013
  • DFL lawmakers hold off on endorsing Dayton budget plan
    Committees in the Minnesota Legislature will start holding hearings Wednesday on the plan that overhauls the state's tax code, erases the projected budget deficit and increases spending by $1 billion.January 23, 2013
  • Q & A: Local government aid, property tax changes in Dayton's budget proposal
    Among the proposals in Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan are of number of changes to the state's local government aid formula and local governments' collection of property tax.January 22, 2013
  • Governor Dayton's budget: Minn. Senate leaders react
    Minnesota Senate leaders react to Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan that focuses on new spending for K-12 schools and early childhood education.The Daily Circuit, January 22, 2013
  • Dayton's budget plan includes higher taxes, spending
    Calling for an end to "gimmicks and fiscal games," Gov. Mark Dayton Tuesday proposed an overhaul of Minnesota's tax and budget system that would raise hundreds of millions more from high-income taxpayers and high-dollar clothing sales, and pump much of the new money into education and property tax relief.January 22, 2013
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