The Amazon development, and the 1,000 jobs it’s expected to bring, could stoke transit expansion in the area.
The city planning commission's go-ahead this week would mark the next step in a fast-moving process for Amazon since its plans to expand in Shakopee surfaced two weeks ago.
Some city council members are balking at the $5 million public subsidy proposed to support Amazon building a new $55 million facility in Shakopee.
The county board was set to consider a half-cent sales tax and a $20 excise tax on motor vehicle sales within the county to raise $6 million annually for projects.
Though no longer the Senate’s outspoken conservative populist, Dick Day has hardly gone silent.
Scott County is gauging whether residents would support a half-cent sales tax to pay for road improvements and transit development and operations.
Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter went before the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday to give an overview of the February forecast, which had cut the projected budget deficit from $1.1 billion down to $627 million over the next two years.
[money] Tribal PACs have given almost three times as much money to DFL political groups than to their GOP counterparts. The state DFL party and the House and Senate caucuses took in just over $700,000 from eight groups associated with American Indian tribes.
Under the terms of the deal, Canterbury Park will end its long pursuit of slot machines at the track -- better known as a "racino" -- in exchange for $75 million from the Shakopee tribe over 10 years to fatten its purses. The agreement also includes an extra $8.5 million from the tribe for joint marketing efforts.
The catalyst for a landmark gambling deal cut between horseracing track Canterbury Park and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux tribe was a minor bill that didn’t get a single hearing during the 2012 legislative session.
There was little fanfare when not one but two racino bills surfaced in the Minnesota Legislature last week. The perennial proposal to install slot machines in racetracks usually enters into the political milieu with news conferences and headlines.
Dick Day was hired to lobby for the Running Aces track about a month ago, spokesman John Derus said. Day left his job as the lead lobbyist for RacinoNow, a Canterbury Park venture, this summer.
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