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Reality Check: Are Personal Seat Licenses A Risky Investment?

In the Minnesota Vikings’ new 65,000 seat NFL stadium, the club will charge 48,000 fans a one-time personal seat license fee even before they’re allowed to buy a season ticket. Fans may have sticker shock at the price tag, but PSLs are not uncommon.

10/04/2013

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Reality Check: PSLs And The Vikings Stadium

Negotiations on a new Vikings stadium are winding down, but a new controversy may be heating up.

09/17/2013

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How Much Will MNsure Cost? Reality Check

On Friday, MNsure — Minnesota’s new online health insurance exchange — will reveal how much consumers will pay for insurance premiums under the program, which is part of the new federal health care law. The top question at the MNsure call center has been, “How much will I pay for insurance?”

09/05/2013

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Reality Check: Economic Impact Of Same Sex Marriage

Depending on your views, same sex marriage may — or may not — change the face of Minnesota. But based what has happened in other states, same sex marriage could have an important economic impact.

07/31/2013

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Reality Check: The Debate Over Food Stamps

Republicans in the U.S. House are promising to swiftly bring a food stamp bill up for a vote. That’s after they stripped food stamps from the 5-year farm bill, and then failed to pass the farm bill, too.

07/15/2013

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Reality Check: Economic Impact Of Gay Marriage

The Minnesota House has scheduled a vote for Thursday on the bill that would legalize same sex marriage.

05/07/2013

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Reality Check: Beer Tax Claims Of House Democrats

Minnesota House Democrats this week voted to raise the excise tax on beer, claiming it will raise the price only 7 cents a bottle.

04/26/2013

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Reality Check: E-Pull Tab Revenue Projections

There’s a lot of revisionist history going on at the Capitol about those pulltab revenue projections — numbers that Gov. Mark Dayton says no one knew were wildly inflated.

03/27/2013

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Reality Check: The Difficulty Of Passing Gun Restrictions

A Minnesota House committee will vote Thursday night on a watered down version of a gun bill that includes background checks for gun show sales. It’s far less than gun safety advocates had hoped, but the pull-back from tougher gun laws is not uncommon.

03/21/2013

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Reality Check: Legislative Pay Raises

Governor Mark Dayton says Minnesota lawmakers don’t get paid enough. The governor is supporting a recommendation from the State Compensation Council to raise lawmaker pay in 2015.

03/11/2013

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Reality Check: Sequester’s Impact On Minn. Is Lower Than Most

Minnesotans could suffer from those budget cuts too. Some over time, and some right away.

03/01/2013

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Reality Check: The GOP & Gay Marriage

A national anti-gay marriage group has put a bounty on the heads of Minnesota Republicans.

02/26/2013

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Reality Check: Minimum Wage & Obama’s SOTU Address

Less than 24 hours after the President Barack Obama proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, Minnesota Democratic lawmakers unveiled a plan of their own to raise state pay for low income workers to $9.50.

02/13/2013

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Reality Check: Perspective On Minnesota’s Sales Tax

Even though Minnesota’s sales tax is high, it takes in a less money than other states with similar tax rates.

01/23/2013

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Reality Check: Guns And The State Capitol

Hundreds of people visit the State Capitol every day. What’s impossible to know is how many are carrying a concealed weapon.

01/18/2013