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Oct 10, 2014

Bridging tax policy, economic development

Public comments don’t always reflect behind-the-scenes input.

Mar 24, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton signs $440 million tax cut bill

Katie Clark Sieben — commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development — stopped by the Minnesota Manufacturers Summit on Oct. 1 for a panel discussion about “Helping Minnesota manufacturers grow in Minnesota.” The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the lead critic of new business taxes passed in 2013, hosted the event and views ...

Mar 18, 2014

The Capitol Note: DFL Rep. Peterson confirms re-election run

Peterson's announcement was hailed by DFL Party chair Ken Martin, who called Peterson a "true champion for farmers."

Mar 5, 2014

Dayton administration outlines ‘unsession’ package

Gov. Mark Dayton's ideas to reform and simplify state government include more than 1,000 adjustments to policies already on the books.

Oct 8, 2013

Border battle: Officials spar over tax policies

Minnesota and Wisconsin are on divergent paths when it comes to fiscal policy. Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker and a GOP-controlled assembly, Wisconsin cut taxes by nearly $1 billion this year, including a $650 million reduction in income taxes. The avowed goal was to make the state more attractive to businesses and bolster job growth.

Sep 5, 2013

Tax rules change for married gay couples in MN

Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans on Wednesday explained the implications for Minnesota that result from a federal ruling requiring that same-sex spouses get treated the same for tax purposes as opposite sex married couples.

Aug 20, 2013

Tax on floor stocks of cigs raises $26.5 million for stadium

In conjunction with the increase in the per-pack cigarette tax that took effect July 1, the state levied a one-time tax on floor stocks of cigarettes. Most of the money from the floor stocks tax will serve as a backup source of funding for the state's share of building the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

Jul 30, 2013

Dayton: Local property taxes will dip by $120 million

Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators today took credit for a projected $121 million decline in property taxes for 2014. Republicans, however, flatly denied that the local property tax reductions will happen and Dayton conceded that only local elected officials, not state lawmakers, can reduce property taxes with the increased aid they get from the state.

Jun 14, 2013

Will tobacco tax estimate go up in smoke?

The consequences of raising the tax on a pack of cigarettes, as the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton have now agreed to do, are no simple matter to sort out. This much is acknowledged by all.

Jun 13, 2013

Revenue department fills in the details on changes to tax code

Most changes to Minnesota’s tax code that were enacted during the legislative session will take effect at the end of June. But there are some notable exceptions to that rule of thumb.

May 16, 2013

Dayton administration proposes Vikings stadium funding rescue

State lawmakers in recent months of have decried the lackluster performance of the electronic pull tabs that are supposed to pay the state's share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium project. On Thursday Gov. Mark Dayton's administration offered a back-up funding plan to shore up the project.

Mar 15, 2013

Dayton budget II: No sales tax, homeowner rebate

Gov. Mark Dayton rolled out the specifics of his revised budget plan Thursday at the Capitol. And as he had intimated, the reworked budget eliminated a raft of proposed sales tax changes, including a hot-button plan to tax a range of business-to-business services.

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