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Minn. Senate Votes To Raise Gas Tax By 5 Cents

In a sudden shift Friday, the Minnesota Senate revived the possibility of raising the gas tax for roadwork and a metropolitan area sales tax for mass transit projects by making over what had been a stand-pat transportation finance plan.

05/10/2013

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Sales Tax On Clothing Still ‘On The Table’

With ten days to go in the 2013 session, DFL legislative leaders held budget talks with Governor Mark Dayton Friday to hammer out their differences on tax and budget issues, including a Senate proposal to extend the state’s sale tax to clothing.

05/10/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Clothing Sales Tax On The Table

Gov. Mark Dayton initially proposed taxing Minnesota clothing sales that were more than $100. After protests he had to pull that off the table.

05/04/2013

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Senate Backs Minn. Tuition For Immigrants’ Kids

The children of immigrants who are in Minnesota illegally would be eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid at the state’s public colleges and universities under a bill the state Senate passed on Wednesday.

05/01/2013

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Talking Points: Solving MN’s Budget Woes With Taxes?

The democrats may be in control at the state Capitol but they certainly cannot agree on how to solve the state’s budget problems.

04/28/2013

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Tech Firm Near Win In Quiet Push For Minn. Breaks

In early February, a development agency in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration made a deal with a giant pharmaceutical company: The state would explore grants and tax breaks that could yield almost 200 high-wage jobs all while keeping Baxter Healthcare Group’s name out of the public conversation.

04/28/2013

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Senate Passes Budget For All-Day Kindergarten

The state Senate has passed its education budget to provide funding for all-day kindergarten.

04/25/2013

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Minn. Budget Pieces Come Together At Capitol

Minnesota’s two-year budget puzzle is starting to come together as the state Senate takes up the two biggest pieces of state spending.

04/25/2013

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Drug Test For Lawmakers: Next Stop, Senate

Members of the Minnesota Senate will decide whether to require drug tests for lawmakers to qualify for their pay and benefits.

04/24/2013

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Senate Tax Plan To Affect More Than Top 2 Percent

The Senate’s soon-to-be-unveiled tax plan will likely affect more than 2 percent of the state’s top earners with an income tax increase, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday.

04/22/2013

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Minn. Senate Passes Another Slice Of 2-Year Budget

The Minnesota Senate has passed a wide-ranging spending bill that dictates state funds for programs run by the state agriculture, natural resources, commerce, pollution control and economic development agencies.

04/19/2013

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Minn. Senate Wants Wholesale Gas Tax For Roads

After backing off a proposed gas tax increase in the face of opposition from Gov. Mark Dayton, state Senate Democrats on Wednesday proposed an alternative in the form of a new sales tax on fuel sales at the wholesale level as a way to raise money for road and bridge projects.

04/17/2013

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MN Senate Talks Tubby Smith Firing, $263M Boost To MnSCU

The Minnesota Senate approved a major funding increase for the University of Minnesota and MnSCU systems on Wednesday.

04/17/2013

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Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun Sales

The U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.

04/14/2013

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Minn. Lawmakers Jump Back Into Vikings Stadium

Minnesota state lawmakers waded back into details of the Vikings stadium project Tuesday, amid building concerns about the reliability of tax revenue from gambling to pay the state’s share.

04/02/2013

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