State Sen. Julianne Ortman left the GOP field for US Senate on Monday after handily losing the party endorsement over the weekend to businessman Mike McFadden.
Last session, after the Legislature exempted city and county government from paying the state’s general sales tax on most purchases, the move was heralded as a long-overdue triumph of common sense. After all, what is the logic in the government taxing the government?
As local governments prepare to submit their preliminary property tax levies to the state, there is confusion in some communities about the specifics of the levy limit that state lawmakers passed in this year’s omnibus tax bill.
Gary Carlson, Patricia Nauman and Tim Flaherty.
State Rep. Karen Clark, who was the lead sponsor of legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, will receive the lifetime achievement award as part of the fourth annual Leaders in Public Policy awards, sponsored by Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota. Clark and the other honorees will be recognized at a ceremony at the Saint Paul Hotel on July 11.
From where Gary Carlson sits, the 2013 legislative session proved to be more beneficial to the city governments for which he lobbies than he dared hope when the session began five months ago.
State lawmakers are introducing a workers’ compensation proposal that business and labor leaders alike regard as the most significant change to the system in 18 years.
Now that the Dayton administration and House Democrats have both released their tax plans for financing an ambitious $38 billion state budget that includes 6 percent in spending hikes, the last piece of the revenue puzzle comes down to the predilections of the Senate DFL caucus and its first-year Taxes Committee chairman, Sen. Rod Skoe.
For the past decade, Capitol debates over local government aid (LGA) to cities have amounted to a long and bloody war of attrition. But this year Minnesota’s city lobbying associations have reached an accord on LGA that’s being hailed as a rare rapprochement on an issue typically dominated by thorny regional divides.
One day this week, East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Strauss picked up his copy of the Grand Forks Herald to find divergent stories on the paper’s front page. On one side, the Minnesota Legislature was depicted as trying to maneuver under the weight of a $1 billion-plus deficit. On the other, a story noted elected officials in newly booming North Dakota were full of bold new ideas.
For DFLers preparing to take the reins of both legislative chambers, there was good news in Minnesota’s November economic forecast. And the forecast’s bad news — well, that was good news for Democratic leadership too.
As Gov. Mark Dayton pieces together his 2014-2015 budget, he’s hearing from a bipartisan group of mayors that state lawmakers have cut their funding too deeply and too capriciously during the past decade.
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