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Oct 24, 2013

Sports facilities commission hears stadium deal details

The Vikings will contribute an annual use fee of $8.5 million to the MSFA, and another yearly contribution of $1.5 million toward capital enhancements.

Oct 1, 2013

Bumps and all, MNsure opens for business

More than three years after passage of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Minnesota’s health insurance exchange opened for business on Tuesday. The MNsure website had more than 100,000 visitors on opening day, and more than 500 people created accounts in just the first hour of operation.

Sep 19, 2013

Republicans call for MNsure review

The trio of perceived shortcomings within MNsure cropped up in rapid succession, with each matter coming to light in a matter of days last week.

Sep 13, 2013

Advocates of Sunday alcohol sales gird for renewed fight with powerful liquor lobby

Jason Alvey says he’s tired of mincing his words when it comes to the powerful lobbying forces that have protected a decades-old ban on Sunday alcohol sales in Minnesota.

Sep 6, 2013

MNsure reveals costs of health insurance plans

Minnesota's health insurance exchange will offer more than 100 insurance products with a starting prices as low as $91 per month when it opens for business on Oct. 1, state officials announced on Friday.

Sep 4, 2013

Stadium oversight meeting cancelled owing to leadership dispute

**UPDATED** Senate and House members continue to squabble over leadership of a committee that's supposed to provide oversight for the Minnesota Vikings stadium and other sports facilities.

Sep 4, 2013

As MNsure rollout nears, some tasks lag

Details about the products that will be sold on the state’s health insurance marketplace when it opens for business on Oct. 1 will be released on Friday. That will mark a key moment in the development of the health insurance exchange, known as MNsure, where 1.3 million residents are expected to eventually acquire coverage.

Aug 29, 2013

House committee compares Minnesota, Wisconsin economies

Several Republicans also asked Babine about how tax increases passed during the 2013 session might discourage new businesses from relocating to Minnesota or, worse, drive existing business to neighboring states.

Aug 27, 2013

House committee to discuss Badger and Gopher State business climates

The House Commerce Committee plans to probe the business climate as it exists today in Minnesota and Wisconsin, which has been a subject that has inspired rhetorical fireworks between the state's governors. The hearing will also be a draw for business lobbyists with a stake in issues concerning auto and life insurance and non-compete agreements.

Aug 13, 2013

LIPP: Public Policy Achievement (Health insurance exchange)

Sen. Tony Lourey and Rep. Joe Atkins.

Jul 26, 2013

State puts forth plan to publicize insurance exchange products ahead of Oct. 1 rollout

Minnesota has apparently found a way to release details about what products will be sold on the state-run insurance marketplace -- MNsure -- when it opens for business on October 1.

Jul 12, 2013

Hey, kid, want some health insurance?

MNsure aims to balance the risk pool by courting the young and healthy.

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