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Hodges Wants To Hire More 911 Operators In Mpls.

The mayor of Minneapolis hopes hiring four additional 911 operators will mean more consistent response times. Mayor Betsy Hodges says 911 calls are answered, on average, within 6 or 7 seconds.

08/14/2014

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Hodges’ 2015 Budget Includes A Tax Increase, Money For Affordable Housing

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges unveiled Thursday her 2015 budget proposal for the city. She said her first budget focuses on equity, growth and running the city well. It also includes a property tax increase and a $3.5 million proposal to fund the Nicollet Mall redesign.

08/14/2014

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Seifert Eyes Budget Reserve For Possible Road Aid

Republican candidate for governor Marty Seifert says lawmakers should consider tapping the state’s rainy-day budget reserve for a road-construction infusion. Seifert said Friday that pulling from the reserve would be one option he’d use to address a backlog of road and bridge needs. He’s opposed to raising new revenue through taxes and fees.

08/08/2014

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5 Tips For Budget Travel To Italy

Traveling to Italy is a wonderful but expensive adventure. Make the most of your money with these five budget tips.

08/05/2014

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State To Learn If Lagging Revenue Pattern Persists

Minnesota finance officials are releasing the latest details on state tax collections after a few months of disappointing figures. The quarterly update due Thursday covers revenue for April, May and June.

07/10/2014

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Minnesota Budget Reserve Bumped By $150M

Minnesota’s defense against future budget shortfalls is a bit sturdier. State finance officials said Tuesday they deposited $150 million more into Minnesota government’s main rainy-day account.

07/01/2014

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7 Tips For Eating Well On A Budget

The benefits of healthy eating are well known, but buying veggies, fruits and lean protein can be expensive. The cost of nutritious foods cranks up your grocery bill, while fast foods and processed foods are cheap in comparison. So do you sacrifice health to save money?

06/25/2014

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How To Buy A Car With Bad Credit

It’s not easy, but when you need transportation, there are ways to find a car despite a low credit score.

06/16/2014

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Math For Public Works Borrowing Bill Proves Tough

Political calculations are complicating consideration of a public works financing package. It’s a marquee bill being closely watched from water-starved Worthington to the campgrounds-in-waiting at the new Lake Vermilion State Park.

04/29/2014

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Dayton Ups Amount Of Surplus He’s Willing To Spend

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s willing to devote another $100 million of a budget surplus to spending on pressing needs above his previous proposal. Dayton said Thursday he made the offer to top lawmakers “in the spirit of accommodation.”

04/24/2014

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As Senate Approves Budget, Dayton Urges Restraint

Minnesota senators are set to vote on a spending plan that devotes more money to preschool programs, financial aid for college students and allowances for caregivers for the disabled and elderly. The plan to be debated Tuesday would draw the money from the remaining state budget surplus.

04/08/2014

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Minn. House Passes $322M Budget Plan

The Minnesota House has approved a budget plan that would spend another $322 million of the state’s surplus. Debate went late into the night Thursday as lawmakers, mostly minority Republicans, offered some 40 amendments.

04/04/2014

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Minn. House Considers $322M Budget Plan

Minnesota’s Democratic-controlled House is considering a budget that spends another $322 million of the state’s surplus. Before discussion of the package began on Thursday, DFL leaders touted increased money for K-12 schools, caregivers for the elderly and disabled and roads battered by winter.

04/03/2014

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Lawmakers Back Caregivers Seeking State Rate Bump

Caregivers for the elderly and disabled scored a major victory Monday when lawmakers from both parties in the Minnesota House and Senate committed to a 5 percent state rate increase aimed at preserving quality care for more than 92,000 people.

03/31/2014

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MNsure Board Approves Preliminary Budget For 2015

Officials with Minnesota’s new health insurance marketplace say their preliminary budget for 2015 will be balanced without seeking new federal or state money. MNsure Interim CEO Scott Leitz told reporters Wednesday that the proposed $39.8 million budget for next year is based on the assumption that the federal government will let the exchange carry over $5 million in federal grants that have already been awarded but not spent.

03/12/2014

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