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Gov. Dayton Pushes For Political Risks From House Republicans

Gov. Mark Dayton delivered an optimistic State of the State address at the Capitol. The speech rallied Democrats, but did not sway Republicans who oppose his transportation and overall spending proposals. On Friday, Dayton is still asking Republicans to forget about politics and take some risks.

04/10/2015

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How Do We Know When To Spend Or When To Save?

Making a big-ticket buy will make anyone nervous. From a house to a car, one question is usually top of mind: can I afford it? Three families told WCCO what they hoped to buy, and a financial adviser crunched the numbers.

11/24/2014

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GOP Hopefuls Differ On How To Rein In State Budget

On its current trajectory, Minnesota’s next two-year state budget will top the $40 billion mark. The Republicans seeking to defeat Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton say they would slam the brakes on spending if they’re put in charge.

07/19/2014

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Report: Twin Cities Weddings Cost More Than National Average

A new report breaks down the amount the average American couple spends on their wedding day — and the result may make eloping sound like a pretty good plan.

04/29/2014

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State Surpluses Spark Debate On Tax Cuts, Spending

As they open their legislative sessions, politicians in many states are facing a pleasant election-year challenge: What to do with all the extra money? A slow but steady economic recovery is generating more tax revenue than many states had anticipated.

01/17/2014

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Credit Rewards: Are Points, Miles Or Cash Back Best?

Is it better to use points, cash back, or miles? When it comes to credit cards, all rewards are not created equal. With so many options out there, we wanted to know what’s the best deal. As sifting through her stuff, Jamie Tauer admitted to making what experts consider one of the biggest credit card mistakes of all.

11/18/2013

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Tips To Make Sure Your Donation Goes To Charity

There are so many charities out there, it’s sometimes hard to know which ones you should donate to, where you’re reassured your money going directly to the cause. Last year alone, Americans donated more than $300 billion to charities.

11/12/2013

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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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What Is The Best Way To Make And Keep A Budget?

Should tracking your money be a part of your daily routine? Budgeting is more important now than ever before, but one study found 32 percent of us put together a monthly budget and only 30 percent have a long-term financial plan.

08/12/2013

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Minn. House Backs More Spending For Jobs

Minnesota House Democrats pushed ahead Monday on a big spending increase for state programs aimed at creating new jobs.

04/15/2013

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How To Spend Your Tax Refund

The best part of paying your taxes is probably getting your refund check.

04/10/2013

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How To Manage Childrens’ Holiday Gift Expectations

According to a study by the American Research Group, Americans will spend an average of $854 in holiday gifts.

12/11/2012

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DeBlog: How Much Do We Spend On ‘I Voted’ Stickers?

It’s probably the most Instagrammed and Facebooked photo of the day: the red “I Voted” sticker. Cindi Houtkooper from Minneapolis emailed, Greg Swan from Chaska tweeted asking: How much do we spend on the stickers? Who pays for them?

11/06/2012

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Visa Study Shows High School Students Splurge For Prom

This spring, one major event appears to be recession proof: High school prom. A new survey by Visa shows despite the sluggish economy, the cost of the high school rite of passage is skyrocketing.

04/13/2012

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Consumer Confidence Up With 2012 On Horizon

Are you planning to go out and celebrate New Year’s Eve, or stay home and save money? This month’s Consumer Confidence Survey says more of us may be feeling like a bigger party this year compared to last.

12/27/2011

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Minn. High Court Tosses Shutdown Spending Lawsuit

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit from Republican state senators who argued that a district court lacked authority to order continued state spending during last summer’s government shutdown.

11/30/2011

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Survey: Twin Cities Consumers More Willing To Spend

A new survey shows folks in the Twin Cities are ready to party this holiday season.

11/22/2011

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Care Givers Say Mandated Counseling Is Overreach

Representatives from the long-term care industry say the state is overreaching by requiring counseling for those entering assisted living facilities.

09/19/2011

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Reality Check: ‘99.5 Percent Agreement’ On Budget Bill?

In the two weeks since Minnesota’s shutdown began, Republican House and Senate leaders have called five times for Gov. Mark Dayton to call a special session. They say the shutdown is “completely unnecessary” because there’s agreement on almost every aspect of the major budget bill.

07/13/2011

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Rate Of Health Care Spending Drops In Minn.

Health care spending in Minnesota rose to $36 billion in 2009, but state officials say the rate of growth fell to its lowest level in more than a decade.

06/08/2011

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Dayton Faces Deadline To Act On K-12 Schools Bill

Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to veto the biggest piece of the Legislature’s budget on Tuesday — a spending package for public schools.

05/24/2011

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Minn. Senate OKs Cuts To Health, Welfare Programs

A budget bill that would slice into projected spending on health care and social services programs has cleared the Minnesota Senate.

05/19/2011

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Gap On Budget Between Dayton, Lawmakers Persists

The split over taxes and spending continued Tuesday as Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and top GOP lawmakers met again without resolving their fundamental differences.

05/17/2011

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Minn. House Votes Down Dayton-Backed Tax Hike

The Minnesota House of Representatives has voted down Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to raise income taxes on the state’s wealthiest citizens to help solve the state’s budget dilemma.

05/17/2011

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Work On Minn. Budget Bills Expected To Pick Up

Top Republican lawmakers say they expect work to pick up on budget negotiations between the House and Senate this week.

05/09/2011

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