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St. Paul Seeks To Close Huge Projected Deficit

The city of Saint Paul is trying close a projected $10-million deficit. Mayor Chris Coleman said Tuesday the solution is a property tax increase and changes at parking meters. Coleman called for a 1.9-percent tax levy as part of his 2016 budget proposal.


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State Tax Collections Beat Forecast By $30 Million In July

Minnesota’s economic hot streak isn’t letting up. State tax collections beat estimates by $30 million, or 3 percent, in July. That’s according to a Department of Minnesota Management and Budget report released Monday.


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New State Budget Comes With Higher Costs For MinnesotaCare

Monthly premiums for Minnesota’s health care program for the working poor are increasing in August.


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Walker To Sign State Budget At Waukesha Manufacturer

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign the state budget at a valve manufacturing company in Waukesha.


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Minnesota Scoops Up Extra $555M In Taxes For The Year

State officials released a report Friday showing revenue collections were up nearly 3 percent above projections for the fiscal year ending in June.


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Wisconsin Budget Year Ending With No Agreement In Sight

Wisconsin’s budget year is ending with no last-minute legislative theatrics or looming government shut-down.


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Behind A $42 Billion Budget, Smaller Fees Rack Up

Minnesota lawmakers kept tax levels steady but have still found ways to scoop up millions of additional dollars. More than a dozen new fees and increases for business licenses are tucked away inside the thousands of pages that compose Minnesota’s new budget.


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Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late Budget

Minnesota’s path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.


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Lawmakers Hold Dramatic Special Session

Minnesota lawmakers are holding a dramatic special legislative session Friday — three weeks after their regular session ended. Lawmakers are back in St. Paul to pass billions of dollars in budget bills to fund state government.


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Discord Over Environment Bill Could Mean Trouble At Capitol

A shaky coalition of lawmakers that compiled a package of environmental and agricultural programs may not hold up in a coming special session, forcing Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to seek enough support for a final piece of the state budget Thursday and pause their hopes for a Friday special session.


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Lawmakers Plan For Likely Friday Special Session On Budget

Minnesota lawmakers zeroed in Wednesday on a conclusion to their prolonged budget dispute, preparing for a special session by week’s end to pass remaining bills.
Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton declared an end to their stalemate and set a hearing for Thursday on the final outstanding pieces of the state’s budget. Dayton and top lawmakers alerted all legislators to be back in St. Paul for a one-day session that the governor will likely order for Friday.


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Dayton Highlights Rail Collision Ahead Of Special Session

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is continuing his push for railway safety. This comes after a collision between an oil train and semi-truck last Sunday. It happened at the intersection of Hastings Avenue and First Street in St. Paul Park.


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Shutdown May Be Averted In Minnesota: Dayton Drops Auditor Demand

Republican Lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton have reached a deal on the Minnesota state budget, avoiding a potential government shutdown on July 1 that would have left around 9,500 government workers unemployed.


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Gov. Dayton Scales Back State Auditor Fight, Sets Timeframe For Special Session

Gov. Mark Dayton “with great reluctance” has dropped his objections to language that would, he says, decimate the State Auditor’s office, but said that other issues still need to be resolved before a special session could happen.


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Special Session Plans On Hold As Leaders Work To Reach Pact

Negotiations over a deal to enable a special legislative session are at a standstill. Minnesota House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton remain at odds over a couple of bills and a new law altering the authority of the state auditor.


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Lawmakers Go Public With Budget Agreements Made In Private

Concrete details about incomplete parts of a new Minnesota government budget are surfacing ahead of a coming special session. An education plan negotiated in private but posted publicly on Friday shows schools are in line for a sizable increase in per-pupil allowances.


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Dayton Ties Special Session To Restoring Auditor Functions

Gov. Mark Dayton says he won’t call a special session until lawmakers agree to repeal changes chipping away at the state auditor’s authority.


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4 Things To Know: Parts Of Patriot Act Expire, Facebook Protest & More

These are the four stories you need to know about for Monday, June 1. They include a protest planned against Facebook as well as a disturbing study on the state of veterans’ brains.


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Layoff Notices Set To Hit State Workers’ Desks 1 Month Before Shutdown

Starting Monday, thousands of Minnesotans will find an unwanted warning in their mailboxes. The state will begin to send out layoff notices to state employees who could be impacted if a budget deal isn’t reached by July 1st.


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Lt. Governor Quietly Prepares State Workers For Layoff Notices

On Monday, Minnesota is required by law to send out layoff notices. Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith is privately making the rounds of state agencies giving workers updates on the negotiations.


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Layoffs Loom For Thousands Of State Workers As Budget Talks Stall

Thousands of state workers will get layoff notices on Monday. It comes after another day of budget talks between Governor Mark Dayton and Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt.


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Special Session Date On Hold As Dayton, Daudt Meet Again

A one-day special session will be held next month so lawmakers can wrap up unfinished business. What they’ll actually be voting on has yet to be determined.


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After Dayton Vetoes, State Leaders Start Search For Way Out

Minnesota’s governor says he’s prepared to call a special session just as soon as top lawmakers smooth out their differences.


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Dayton Proposes Tax Cut In Exchange For More Education Money

Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a tax cut in return for a scaled-back version of his plan for universal preschool for all 4-year-olds.


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Dayton Vetoes Agriculture-Environment And Jobs-Energy Bills

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed two major budget bills ahead of a Saturday night deadline for final action on bills passed before the legislative session ended late Monday.