State Employee Bonus Program Under InvestigationMinnesota's Legislative Auditor has opened an investigation into a program that rewards workers for saving the state money.
GOP HHS Chair: 'I Don't Play Chicken' With MNsure CrisisThere is still no insurance fix for 125,000 Minnesotans facing monthly insurance rate hikes.
Legal Fight Brewing Over PolyMet Mine DecisionsA top state official said Wednesday he was finalizing plans for retaining an outside law firm to handle lawsuits stemming from PolyMet Mining Corp.'s proposal to build a copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, which is expected to be challenged regardless of whether state regulators approve the project's needed permits.
Hefty Roster Of Public Works Projects Lands Before LawmakersJostling has begun among Minnesota cities, counties and state government agencies to get road projects, nature trails, amphitheaters, prison repairs and much more into a public-works borrowing plan that Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature will assemble next year.
Republican Lawmakers Respond To Governor's Pay HikesMinnesota Republican leaders today ramped up their criticism of Gov. Mark Dayton's hefty pay hikes for his Cabinet. The Democratic governor issued a letter to the legislature, calling the pay hikes "necessary" and "legal."
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.
Reality Check: The Cost Of The Mpls. Super BowlMinnesota's 2018 Super Bowl bid committee promised more than a great party. The state pledged to pick up a super tab, too. We may never know all of the details about Minnesota's Super Bowl bid. Under state law, it's private.
MN Revenue Department: File Your Taxes NowMinnesota Department of Revenue officials have a message for taxpayers who haven't filed their returns. The department says the new tax cuts are good to go, and taxpayers should file now. Those cuts were passed just a couple of weeks ago by lawmakers, and thousands of Minnesotans could benefit. A couple of weeks ago, the revenue department made a very unusual appeal, urging Minnesotans to wait to file their tax returns so it could re-calibrate its computers and re-write tax forms for the new cuts.
Tax Chief Warns Tax Bill Delay Has ConsequencesMinnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans said Tuesday his agency is fast approaching an internal deadline for alerting income tax preparers and software vendors of new tax breaks that filers might qualify for this year.
Amazon Drops Minn. Affiliate Bloggers To Avoid TaxMinnesota bloggers who push products for Amazon say a new law could run them out of business. In order to avoid paying millions in sales tax to the state, Amazon sent notice to its Minnesota bloggers that they will soon be kicked out of a program that pays them for connecting people to the online retailer.
Reality Check: E-Pull Tab Revenue Projections There's a lot of revisionist history going on at the Capitol about those pulltab revenue projections -- numbers that Gov. Mark Dayton says no one knew were wildly inflated.
Senate Confirms 5 More Commissioners The state Senate on Thursday confirmed five more members of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's cabinet, but not without a brief fight from Republicans.