July 1 Means New Laws Go Into EffectIt's the first day of July, and that means new laws are taking effect in Minnesota. Several of them make changes to funding for state programs. Education funding gets a boost and will now include paying for all-day Kindergarten and a tuition freeze for state schools.
Will MN's New Tobacco Tax Spark 'E-Cigarette' Sales?Minnesota's new $1.60-per-pack sales tax increase on cigarettes begins next week. Meanwhile, retailers are betting smokers will try to switch to a tobacco product not subject to the state’s tobacco taxes: electronic cigarettes.
Looming MN Cigarette Tax Hike Spurs Buying FrenzyA big jump in the state's cigarette tax is still more than two weeks away, but it's already having a huge impact on smokers. They’re stocking up and changing their habits.
Minn. Lawmakers Wrap Up Historic Session Minnesota lawmakers worked right up to the end Monday before adjourning a session that produced $2.1 billion in tax hikes and a historic vote on gay marriage. The gavel fell after a frenetic final push to wrap up major issues.
New Cigarette Tax Could Means More Revenue, Less SmokersOutside downtown office buildings, many smokers didn't want to talk about the possibility of a tax that will push a lot of cigarettes into the $8-a-pack range. Dan Jones says the tax may be the push he needs “It’s a tax on something that you don’t need… I’m ok with it actually "Jones said. "Who knows, maybe it will finally give me the motivation I need to stop doing it."
Dayton: Use Cigarette, Corporate Taxes For StadiumGov. Mark Dayton is proposing that lawmakers use new revenue from taxes on cigarettes and corporate income to shore up the state's share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Dayton's revenue commissioner unveiled the latest proposal Thursday in the House-Senate tax conference committee.
New Minn. Cigarette Tax Unlikely To Exceed Wis.Minnesota's cigarette tax is about to go up, but a top lawmaker says the new rate won't be more than Wisconsin's. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says the final tax could match the $2.52 per pack rate charged in Wisconsin. That's $1.29 more than Minnesota assesses now.
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.
Proposed Bill Would More Than Double MN Cigarette TaxAn influential Minnesota House Democrat is proposing a substantial increase in the state's cigarette tax.
2 Republicans Suggest Doubling Minn. Cigarette Tax Two Republican lawmakers want Minnesota's cigarette tax to more than double as a way to deter smoking and to repay Minnesota schools for aid delays during recent state budgets.
Reality Check: Shutdown Is Part Of Pawlenty's CampaignFormer Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty inserted himself into the 2011 shutdown debate twice in the last six days.