Minnesota Legislature: Minnesota's Budget Crisis

DFL Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington wants to more than double the state's cigarette tax by $1.60 a pack, from $1.23 to $2.83. That's considerably more than proposed by Gov. Mark Dayton, who wants a 94-cents-a-pack increase. (02/07/2013)
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. (01/28/2013)
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. (01/28/2013)
A broader sales tax that will bring in about $1 billion in additional revenue a year is a cornerstone of Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed state budget. The governor is also considering hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes that go uncollected because the transactions take place online. (01/28/2013)
Republican legislative leaders are ramping up their criticism of DFL Gov. Mark Dayton's tax reform proposal. (01/26/2013)
Some Minnesota business leaders say the governor's sales tax proposal is a terrible idea that would hurt the state's economy. (01/24/2013)
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. (01/23/2013)
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. (01/23/2013)
All levels of education, from preschool to higher ed, would receive increases in funding under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal. (01/23/2013)
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. (01/23/2013)
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. (01/22/2013)
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, 01/22/2013)
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. (01/22/2013)
Gov. Dayton released his budget and tax proposals this morning to the 2013 Legislature. Here are some of the highlights. (01/22/2013)
MPR's Tim Pugmire joins Cathy Wurzer this morning with a preview of Gov. Mark Dayton's two-year budget proposal, which he will release today, that must solve a projected $1.1 billion deficit in the next biennium. (01/22/2013)

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