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Minnesota House Moves Fast To Approve $20M Tax Cut Bill

The Minnesota House has voted unanimously to approve about $20 million in extra tax credits and deductions that people can claim when filing forms this winter and spring.

01/15/2015

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Office Decisions Threaten To Delay Capitol Makeover

Disputes over tenant space are threatening to bog down the grand makeover of the Minnesota Capitol. A commission planned to approve the final phase of a $273 million renovation on Wednesday.

01/14/2015

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Dayton Appoints New State IT Commissioner

Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed a longtime information technology manager to head Minnesota’s IT services. The governor’s office announced Wednesday that Tom Baden will lead MN.IT (minute) Services. MN.IT provides IT services to more than 70 state boards, commissions and agencies. It also works with some other state entities and educational institutions.

01/14/2015

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Final Phase Of Capitol Renovation Work Up For Approval

A panel of top Minnesota officials is getting the latest details on the state Capitol’s grand makeover, including whether it’s on schedule and on budget. The Capitol Preservation Commission was meeting Wednesday to approve the final phase of construction. It’s still at least two years before the $273 million remodeling is complete.

01/14/2015

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New Lieutenant Governor Calls Herself ‘A Bridge Builder’

When Minnesota lawmakers returned to the State Capitol after the bruising 2014 election campaign, Tina Smith was outside their offices to greet them.

01/13/2015

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Tax Bill Matching Up Minnesota, Federal Code Steams Ahead

Minnesota lawmakers moved Tuesday to set up swift approval of tax deductions and credits affecting thousands of people and business owners getting ready to file 2014 forms. Tax committees in the House and Senate advanced legislation that lines Minnesota’s code up with some recent federal changes. Final votes in each chamber could come later this week, sending the bill to a supportive Gov. Mark Dayton before personal income tax filing season begins next week.

01/13/2015

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Senate Democrats Seek $800M Per Year More For Transportation

Senate Democrats are releasing a transportation plan that spells out how they would pay for repairs and new construction for decades to come. The proposal being introduced Monday is likely to cover both the highway system and mass transit.

01/12/2015

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Good Questions: Flat Tires, Gov. Swearing In, & NFL Fines

Every Friday, we like to answer some of the emails you’ve send to us throughout the week. This week, you wanted to know about NFL fines, flat tires why does the Governor have to be sworn in again?

01/09/2015

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Downey Seeks Re-Election As Minnesota GOP Chairman

Keith Downey says he plans to run for re-election as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

01/09/2015

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Dayton Acknowledges Haul From Gas-Tax Plan Is Unpredictable

Cheap gas prices could put a dent in Gov. Mark Dayton’s forthcoming proposal to tack a new sales tax on fuel purchases.

01/09/2015

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Dayton Wants Big Chunk Of $1B Surplus For Child Care Credit

Gov. Mark Dayton says he’ll suggest devoting about one-fifth of Minnesota’s projected $1 billion surplus to an expanded child-care tax credit.

01/09/2015

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Dayton To Businesses: Back Real, Not Phony Road-Fund Fix

Gov. Mark Dayton is pleading with Minnesota business leaders to help him build support for a transportation funding plan with real money, not “phony solutions.”

01/07/2015

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Dayton Starts New — And Last — Term Of Long Career

Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term as Minnesota governor Monday by making a case that putting more taxpayer money into education should be viewed as an investment, not straight-up spending to grow government as his opponents might cast it.

01/05/2015

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Republican Legislators Steer Clear Of Dayton Inaugural

An all-Democratic cast of statewide elected officials is taking the oath of office without Republican lawmakers in attendance. Monday’s ceremony at Landmark Center was before an audience of 500 dignitaries, Democratic lawmakers and supporters of Gov. Mark Dayton and other statewide officials.

01/05/2015

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Dayton Starts New — And Last — Term Of Long Career

Gov. Mark Dayton started his second term as Minnesota governor Monday by making a case that putting more taxpayer money into education should be viewed as an investment, not straight-up spending to grow government as his opponents might cast it.

01/05/2015

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