• 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
  • Dayton's budget proposal: List of highlights
    Gov. Dayton released his budget and tax proposals this morning to the 2013 Legislature. Here are some of the highlights.January 22, 2013
  • Minnesota Legislature preview for week of January 21, 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.January 22, 2013
  • Dayton unveils 2013 budget proposal
    Gov. Mark Dayton will unveil his much-anticipated budget proposal Tuesday. We'll dig into the details with health care and non-profit leaders.The Daily Circuit, January 20, 2013
  • Do government tax incentives spur economic growth?
    As the session kicks off at the Minnesota Legislature, we'll look at tax incentives and economic development incentives in the state. What are these incentives? Do they really work to add jobs and maintain a competitive business climate?The Daily Circuit, January 14, 2013
  • Dayton administration tries to soothe business fears as DFL readies tax bills
    At a dinner Wednesday evening, a top aide to Gov. Mark Dayton urged business leaders to work with the governor to fix the state's long-term budget problems and assuage a mostly anti-tax audience leery of what the DFL majority may do in the upcoming session.January 10, 2013
  • Taxes will rise, some business lobbyists say
    At least some members of the business community appear to be softening their hard line stance against tax increases.January 9, 2013
  • What's in store for the 2013 legislative session?
    The Minnesota Legislature reconvenes for a new session at noon today and for the first time since 1990, there is a DFL governor and DFL majorities in both the House and the Senate.The Daily Circuit, January 7, 2013
  • Consolidating power, Dems. at Capitol say budget is priority No. 1
    new legislative session gets under way this week, with Democrats running the show for the first time in 25 years. That means Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, will work with a DFL-controlled House and Senate that should be more receptive to his tax and spending proposals.January 7, 2013
  • School funding through property tax 'unfair,' key DFL leader says
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said he thinks the current referendum system has driven up property taxes and created unequal funding for schools across the state.December 24, 2012
  • Minnesota faces $1.1 billion deficit
    The new analysis of state revenue and spending obligations shows the same pending shortfall that was projected last March. Minnesota Management and Budget will release the full revenue forecast at 11:45 a.m., but it seems to indicate that the state's economy is continuing to improve slightly.December 5, 2012
  • DFLers face pent-up demand for spending requests
    As Democrats prepare to take control of the Minnesota Legislature, interest groups have started lining up with funding wish lists for the 2013 session. There's a pent-up demand for spending after a series of budget deficits and two years of Republicans in charge.November 16, 2012
  • GOP bills would keep some state services open in shutdown
    State Sen. Al DeKruif says the several bills he's sponsoring to keep some services open during a government shutdown simply reflect what it means to run a good state.March 7, 2012
  • Minn. budget forecast shows $323 million surplus
    Minnesota finance officials are projecting a second consecutive budget surplus. The new economic forecast released Wednesday shows a $323 million cushion for the current two-year budget cycle. But it also still shows a return to red ink looming two years down the road.February 29, 2012
  • Dayton, state lawmakers want credit for budget surplus
    Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers are headed into the 2012 legislative session with a budget surplus, news that has a lot of elected and appointed officials taking credit for the state's return to the black. But much of the $876 million surplus has little to do with the actions taken in the past year.December 12, 2011
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