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Dayton: Use $1B Surplus To Cut Sales, Income Taxes

Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota’s newly announced $1 billion budget surplus should be used to repeal three controversial planned sales tax increases and for middle class tax relief. The first $246 million of the budget surplus that state officials announced Thursday goes to settling remaining IOUs to schools.

12/05/2013

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Minn. Officials Predict $1 Billion Budget Surplus

Minnesota finance officials are predicting a state budget surplus of more than $1 billion. That estimate released Thursday means the state can fully pay the remaining IOUs to public schools that piled up during tougher budget times.

12/05/2013

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Minn. Budget Forecast To Set 2014 Session Stage

Forget the return of deep snow and cold temperatures. The forecast Minnesota’s political class is watching this week has to do with the state budget.

12/04/2013

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Vikings Bump Stadium Share Past $500 Million

The Minnesota Vikings say they’ll raise their contribution to a new stadium to more than $500 million to make sure the project has everything they want. Vice President Lester Bagley says the extra money is the only way to preserve the design and features in the new stadium, which will now cost more than $1 billion.

11/22/2013

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10-17-13 Congressman Erik Paulsen Talks With Dave Lee

Upset that Medical Device Tax hasn’t been repealed.

10/17/2013

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10-16-13 The Morning Take With Dave Lee!

Amy Klobuchar’s star still rising?

10/16/2013

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10-15-13 Congressman Keith Ellison With Dave Lee

Can the House hold up their end of the bargain?

10/15/2013

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Minn. Schools To Learn Amount Of Back Pay By State

Minnesota schools will learn Monday how much the state will pay them to settle up on some big IOUs. Lawmakers temporarily shaved more than $2 billion in payments to schools in recent years to patch holes in state government’s budget.

09/30/2013

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Minn. Schools To Learn Amount Of Back Pay By State

The state of Minnesota is ready to make good on some of its IOUs to public schools. Minnesota budget officials were revealing Monday how much back-pay schools would be coming their way.

09/29/2013

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Bethenny Frankel’s 8 Questions To Ask When Traveling On A Budget

Bethenny Frankel shares an excerpt from Skinnygirl Solutions. If you’re traveling on a budget, first ask yourself these eight questions.

08/22/2013

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Good Question: How Much Foreign Aid Does The U.S. Give?

President Obama brought together his National Security Council Tuesday afternoon to decide whether to cut off aid to Egypt after violence in the country has led to deaths of more than 1,000 people just this week. So, how much foreign aid does the United States give and where does it go?

08/20/2013

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Senior Lawmakers Get Status Update On Minn. Budget

The Minnesota Legislature’s most senior members are getting a rundown on how the state’s economy is performing. Nine top House members and nine from the Senate were due to convene the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy on Thursday.

07/25/2013

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Top Minn. Budget Officials Head To Wall Street

Leading figures from Minnesota’s state budget agency are headed to Wall Street for meetings with influential credit rating firms. The bond house trips are typical after a new state budget is adopted and before the state gets ready to issue long-term debt to pay for construction projects.

07/15/2013

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Minn. Revenues Exceed Projections By $463M

Minnesota’s tax revenues for the budget year that ended June 30 came in $463 million ahead of forecast, state officials said Wednesday, and that means more money will be on its way to schools.

07/11/2013

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Quarterly Status Check Due On Minn. Revenues

A quarterly check-up on Minnesota’s tax collections will also offer a glimpse of how the state’s economy is faring moving forward. The update was due out Wednesday from the Department of Minnesota Management and Budget.

07/10/2013

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Mayors Take Victory Lap On Minn. Local Aid Bump

Mayors from around Minnesota are gathering to discuss how an $80 million bump in state aid to cities will affect their cities. The increased local government aid also means $40 million more for counties and $10 million for townships. The mayors were meeting Wednesday with Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans.

06/19/2013

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Education Dept. Anticipates First Big Budget Hike In A Decade

School may be out for the summer, but educators and parents are already anxiously looking ahead to the next two years, now that legislators approved the first big spending spree on education in ten years. After a decade of cuts, it is more than just good news.

06/07/2013

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U Of M’s Board Of Regents Likely To Approve Tuition Freeze

Students at the University of Minnesota are about to experience something that hasn’t happened in decades: A tuition freeze.

06/05/2013

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All Minn. Bills Reach Dayton; Must Act By Saturday

The late flurry of bills the Minnesota Legislature passed in the session’s final hours now sit on Gov. Mark Dayton’s desk. The final batch was formally delivered Wednesday. That step starts a window for him to sign or veto bills. One budget bill, an economic development finance package, reached his desk Tuesday.

05/22/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Take Budget Debate Down To Wire

The final pieces of Minnesota’s next two-year, $38 billion budget were falling into place Sunday as state lawmakers clocked long hours and held a succession of late-night debates at the Capitol.

05/19/2013

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Downed Minn. Projects Bill May Be Back But Slimmer

Top Minnesota lawmakers are searching for a way to assemble a slimmed-down construction projects bill that would include renovation funding for the state Capitol.

05/19/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Take Budget Debate Down To Wire

The final pieces of Minnesota’s next two-year budget were falling into place Sunday amid a time crunch for lawmakers to get it all approved. The House went all night before finally recessing a little after 7 a.m. Sunday. Up for debate but still awaiting a final vote is a controversial bill that authorizes a union organizing drive for home daycare providers and care attendants to the elderly and disabled.

05/19/2013

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Minn. Legislature Approves Care Worker Pay Hikes

The Legislature has sent Gov. Mark Dayton a $11 billion package of spending on health and assistance programs that includes a 5-percent pay increase for nursing home workers.

05/18/2013

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Minn. House Backs Nursing Home Pay Hike

The Minnesota House has voted to give nursing home workers in the state a 5-percent pay increase. The pay hike is included in a broader, $6 billion a year budget for health and human services programs that the House passed Friday night by a party-line vote of 73-61. It’s one of the biggest chunks of state spending and includes funding for services for the poor, elderly and disabled.

05/18/2013

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Lawmakers Closing In On Budget Deal

With time running out in this year’s session, Minnesota lawmakers appear to be close to a deal for the next state budget. It doesn’t involve taxing clothing or any changes to the alcohol tax, but there will be some noticeable changes for some people.

05/17/2013

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