Good Question: How Do We Measure Inflation?Starting next year, Social Security benefits will rise 1.7 percent -- or about $20 a month based on an average monthly Social Security payment of $1,192. That increase, or cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), has been pegged to the consumer price index (CPI) since 1975. It's one of several ways to measure inflation. So, how do we measure the CPI?
Voters Could Get Say On Auto-Hikes To Minimum WageSenate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says voters should decide whether Minnesota's minimum wage climbs automatically. A constitutional amendment that he and another prominent senator put in play Thursday would ask voters this fall if they think the wage should be forever linked to inflation.
Reality Check: Legislative Pay RaisesGovernor Mark Dayton says Minnesota lawmakers don't get paid enough. The governor is supporting a recommendation from the State Compensation Council to raise lawmaker pay in 2015.
Metrodome Roof Set For Inflation, But Work ContinuesOn Wednesday at 7 a.m., the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission will attempt to "raise the roof" at the Metrodome after seven months of sagging.