WCCO Investigates DHS Court Monitor's $1M Bill To Minn. TaxpayersFederal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota's sex offender treatment program.
Vikings Adding $19M To Stadium ProjectThe Minnesota Vikings say they're adding another $19.7 million to their contribution to a new stadium to make sure it has the features they want. The team said Friday that the new money will guarantee "crucial" features such as five massive pivoting glass doors.
MN Dept. Of Rev: Refunds From Tax Law Change On The WayThe Minnesota Department of Revenue says tax payers who qualify for refunds because of 2013 tax law changes will get their money by June 27. Department officials say 260,000 returns qualify for refunds, and 52,000 have already been reviewed manually. The review process is being automated to speed up the processing.
Countdown To Taxes Begins As April 15 Deadline LoomsThe countdown is on. Taxpayers have until midnight Tuesday to get their taxes done. The IRS will receive about 135 million tax returns by the April 15 deadline. About 90 percent of those are now filed electronically. In a roundabout way, that's helped cut down on the number of audits the IRS can conduct.
House Dems Approve Scaled-Back Senate BuildingTop Democrats in the State House Friday approved a scaled-back version of a major new office building next to the Capitol, dedicated to the Minnesota Senate. The building's original design had a soaring glass front, with a fitness center and reflecting pool. The scaled back version is slightly more modest, but no less controversial.
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.
Revenue Dept. Highlights Tax Cuts, Says Wait Until April 3 To FileMinnesota tax officials are scrambling to put in place new tax cuts passed by the legislature just six days ago. In a rare move, they're asking taxpayers who might qualify for tax cuts to wait until April 3 to file. The department needs until then to program the tax cuts into its computers and instruction forms.
Dayton Signs $434 Million Tax-Relief MeasureGov. Mark Dayton has signed a bill providing hundreds of thousands of Minnesota taxpayers with extra deductions and exemptions they can claim on this year's tax forms. Dayton signed the $434 million relief package Friday, soon after both the House and Senate approved it by lopsided margins. In a statement, Dayton says the tax cuts will put "more money in the pockets of Minnesota families and businesses" and "make taxes simpler for Minnesotans."
Paulsen, Ellison Reassure Constituents About Gov’t Shutdown’s EndThe federal government shutdown is now affecting Minnesota jobs. The state will lay off 105 health department workers immediately, and thousands of other federal workers in the state will face the same fate. And Congress appears to be standing still. According to Congressman Erik Paulsen’s office, he skipped out on his own event Monday to head back to Washington to work on ending the shutdown. Some disappointed constituents, like Michael Waring of Edina, said they wanted to talk with him about ending the shutdown - even if it means joining with Democrats to do it.
Reality Check: Cost of The New Vikings Stadium Minnesota is preparing to sell nearly $500 million in bonds to cover the state's share of the Vikings stadium facility. It's looking for financial institutions to buy the bonds for the stadium construction, which is scheduled to start in November. The $498 million in loans will cover the State’s and the Minneapolis’ share of stadium construction. The Vikings are putting up the rest of the $477 million for the project, which will total $975 million.
IRS Website Overwhelmed With Taxpayers Constantly Checking ItThe Internal Revenue Service has a message for taxpayers eager to learn the status of their tax refund: Please don't check the IRS website every five minutes — once a day is enough.
Minn. Seeks To Dismiss Anti-Abortion LawsuitA state agency has asked a court to throw out a lawsuit alleging that Minnesota taxpayers have been wrongfully charged for more than 37,000 abortions on indigent women since 1999.