Jim Schowalter

Dayton Names Panel To Study Future Of MNsure, MinnesotaCareGov. Mark Dayton has made 11 picks to a health care task force that will study MNsure and MinnesotaCare and make recommendations for their future direction.
Big Numbers Shape Outgoing Budget Official's WorkThe departure of a top state finance official is triggering a shakeup in Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter will step down for a job in the private sector, the governor announced Wednesday.
With Landfill Fund Loan, State Costs Piled UpTaking from the trash has wound up costing Minnesota big bucks. Custodians of the state treasury forked out $61 million this year — and owe about $40 million over the next few years — to repay a loan half that size from the state's Closed Landfill Investment Fund. The fund is administered by pollution regulators to pay for programs that ensure proper environmental attention is given to more than 100 closed landfills.
Minn. Leaders: Shutdown Poses 'Evolving' Problems Minnesota leaders are taking stock of state departments that work in tandem with the federal government to determine those most at risk in the shutdown.
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.
Minn. Finance Chief: April Tax Haul Up By $153MMinnesota's tax haul for April was $153 million better than forecasters had expected, a strong month that probably has little effect on the trajectory of legislative budget talks.
Senate Approves Dayton's Budget, Higher Ed HeadsAfter an extended wait, two of Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet members are officially in place.
Minn. Lawmakers Curious About Budget Post-CliffMinnesota lawmakers hope to learn more about how the recent fiscal cliff deal that temporarily averted an economic crisis is shaping the economic picture closer to home.
Minn. Extends Costly Credit LineDeficit-plagued Minnesota is spending nearly $4 million in credit line fees over two years to make sure state government doesn't bounce checks.
Dayton's Budget Chief Comes From The InsideMinnesota Gov.-elect Mark Dayton is sticking with someone who knows his way around Minnesota's finances to be his chief budget adviser.
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