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Mark Haveman

Apr 24, 2013

Senate tax bill sets up showdown

The DFL majorities’ revenue bills in the House and Senate take substantially different approaches.

Dec 26, 2012

Minnesota Legislative Session 2013: Four potential tax hike scenarios

A short tour of four potential scenarios as the Dayton administration and the DFL Legislature weigh the next Minnesota budget.

Feb 15, 2012

GOP bills tackle ghost of pensions future

For much of the past decade, state lawmakers have reacted with alarm as volatile financial markets opened up multibillion-dollar shortfalls in the long-term outlook for the state’s pension system.

Oct 26, 2011

Pension fund rate of return will get scrutiny in 2012

State lawmakers are mulling a significant change to the state’s pension policy as they prepare for the 2012 legislative session.

Aug 17, 2011

Property tax change will shift the burden

As local elected officials prepare their 2012 budgets, they’re feeling the aftermath of a property tax law change by state lawmakers. In order to save about $500 million toward solving a $5 billion state budget deficit, lawmakers killed off the market value homestead credit (MVHC), which had been a product of 2001 property tax reform legislation passed during Gov. Jesse Ventura’s administrati[...]

Jul 13, 2011

Shutdown – and budget talks – promise more fiscal blows

The exact economic ramifications of the ongoing government shutdown won’t be known for a long time. Too many variables remain unknown in the unprecedented budget impasse.

Apr 22, 2011

The makings of a No Deal finish

Though there is still a month left, DFLers and Republicans in the Legislature are showing no signs of moving toward a compromise budget deal to close the projected $5 billion general fund deficit by the constitutionally required May 23 adjournment date. Around the halls of the Capitol, it is increasingly an article of faith that there will be no deal by then.

Feb 9, 2011

‘Tax reform’ easy to discuss, hard to do

Mark Haveman, executive director of the Minnesota Taxpayers Association, is just as puzzled as the next fiscal analyst when it comes to figuring out how the conservatives who control the state Legislature can devise a solution to the state's $6.2 billion deficit that Gov. Mark Dayton is willing to sign.

Sep 22, 2010

Pensions: Can the center hold?

During floor debate on the omnibus pension bill on May 5, state Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, offered an amendment that proposed to stop offering new employees defined benefit pensions and instead offer to a more market-based form of retirement savings known as defined contribution plans.

Sep 17, 2010

Emmer’s budget proposes more than $6B in spending cuts, but finding what to trim won’t be easy

On Tuesday afternoon Tom Emmer unveiled the details of his much anticipated plan to close the state's projected $5.8 billion budget deficit. The GOP nominee vowed to cap the state's spending at $32.3 billion in the next biennium and enact more than $600 million in tax cuts designed to spur the state's listless economy.

Sep 10, 2010

Tom Horner’s budget calls for substantial budget cuts and tax hikes

Tom Horner has hardly any money, little name recognition and is far behind in the polls. But the Independence Party nominee does have the most detailed plan yet released for solving Minnesota's projected $5.8 billion budget shortfall.

Sep 8, 2010

It’s hard to make Dayton’s tax plan add up to $4 billion

Mark Dayton's approach to closing the state's projected $5.8 billion budget shortfall is simple: Tax the rich. But exactly how much would the state's wealthiest 10 percent of residents be on the hook for if Dayton ultimately becomes the state's first DFL governor in two decades?

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