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Nov 23, 2009

State starts delivering on stimulus transparency promises

After months of scrutiny from state legislators and government watchdog groups, Minnesota Department of Management and Budget (MMB) officials have delivered this month on promises to improve stimulus information online.

Nov 16, 2009

State’s unemployment trust fund plunges into long-term deficit

Minnesota’s unemployment insurance trust fund, overburdened by a 7.3 percent jobless rate that is showing few signs of improvement, has been out of money for weeks and will likely be close to $300 million in the hole by the end of the year.

Nov 16, 2009

Nearly half of state employers surveyed ‘uncooperative’ with DEED in big layoffs

As a veteran state staffer who strives to help laid-off workers, Mike Goldman knows he won’t always be welcome when calling on Minnesota employers planning to dismiss large numbers of employees.

Nov 12, 2009

Political fundraising company denies that ex-cons can access donors’ credit card info 

An Arizona man who spent 10 months working as a telephone solicitor for a Minnesota-based Republican fundraising firm claims that the company regularly hires convicted felons who have unrestricted access to political donors’ credit card numbers.

Oct 29, 2009

East Metro Recovery blog tracks local stimulus funding

You could be forgiven if you hadn’t heard that three east metro counties have banded together to publish a blog that describes where and how federal recovery funds are being used locally.

Oct 29, 2009

Central Corridor mixer planned

A Central Corridor rail bid-opportunity mixer is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Minnesota Transportation Museum in St. Paul’s historic Jackson Street Roundhouse, 193 Pennsylvania Ave. E.

Oct 22, 2009

Two real estate groups approve merger

The St. Paul Area Association of Realtors and the Southern Twin Cities Association of Realtors have approved a plan to merge the two organizations.

Oct 21, 2009

Small business caucus seeks input through online survey

A bipartisan coalition of state legislators is soliciting the input of Minnesota owners of small businesses to help make the state a better place to do business.

Oct 12, 2009

Banks hearing: ‘Watch list’ grows, as does scrutiny

The power of the press may be in its twilight, but newspaper stories still have enough influence to bring together some of Minnesota’s top financial industry leaders and regulators at the Capitol for a closer look at financial regulation.

Oct 5, 2009

Minnesota Senate to hold banks hearing

The chair of the state Senate commerce committee is feeling a little burned by the banking industry these days. Scheid’s complaint will be part of the background noise at a commerce committee hearing Tuesday that will focus on Minnesota’s banking system.

Oct 1, 2009

Dakota County freezing non-union wages

In a brutal economy for counties, the Dakota County Board of Commissioners has frozen the county’s non-union wages.

Oct 1, 2009

Seminar to focus on international market research

A seminar on international market research will be offered Oct. 15 in St. Paul by the Minnesota Trade Office.

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