Minnesota Legislature: Minnesota's Budget Crisis



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. (05/19/2013)
Republicans in the Minnesota House have blocked an $800 million package of public construction projects from moving forward this year, including the next phase of renovation work on the State Capitol. (05/17/2013)
Minnesota would have the fourth highest income tax rate in the nation under a deal reached by Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislative leaders. (05/17/2013)
Significant differences remain in the tax bill, and DFL leaders appear willing to throw in the towel on a minimum wage increase. (05/16/2013)
Minnesota taxes will rise by more than $2 billion in the next two-year state budget, but who pays how much on what is still being hammered out as the Legislature speeds toward a Monday deadline for the session's adjournment. Here's a look at what is known and what is left to be decided on the tax plan. (05/15/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature's top Democrats have reached a budget deal that includes income tax increases on wealthier Minnesotans and a cigarette tax increase, and aims to provide property tax relief. (05/12/2013)
Minnesota's tax haul for April was $153 million better than forecasters had expected, a strong month that probably has little effect on the trajectory of legislative budget talks. (05/10/2013)
A pay raise plan for Minnesota elected officials is a key point of difference as a House-Senate panel begins negotiations on a state agency budget bill. (05/02/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has opened the door to supporting an increase in the alcohol tax. (05/01/2013)
The Senate convenes Monday afternoon to take up its tax bill. In addition to a new clothing tax, it raises income taxes on the state's highest earners. (04/29/2013)
The State Senate passed a two-year, $15.7 billion education finance bill Thursday on a 35 to 28 vote that includes full funding for all-day kindergarten in every district. (04/25/2013)
A bill passed by the Minnesota House that would increase taxes on alcohol has the hospitality and alcoholic beverage industries in an uproar. Summit Brewing's Mark Stutrud says taxation could "eliminate our existence." (04/25/2013)
Prospects for a bonding bill dimmed Wednesday, when Democrats in the Minnesota Senate added a cash allocation to their tax bill for one of the session's key bonding project proposals -- the renovation of the State Capitol Building. (04/24/2013)
Prospects for a bonding bill dimmed Wednesday, when Democrats in the Minnesota Senate added a cash allocation to their tax bill for one of the session's key bonding project proposals -- the renovation of the State Capitol Building. (04/24/2013)
Top Minnesota lawmakers say they either don't know or can't say which pharmaceutical company they're trying to lure to the state with a tax break gaining steam at the Capitol. (04/16/2013)

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