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Jul 10, 2015

New MN Chamber of Commerce president outlines vision

Douglas Loon sees the state's greatest potential for growth in the global marketplace.

Jun 26, 2015

Administration basks in CNBC ranking, critics point to challenges

The state didn’t finish at the top in any individual category, but was in the top 10 for infrastructure, economy, quality of life and education.

Jun 23, 2015

Lawmakers plot next session’s bid for tax cuts

Tax bills from the House and Senate fizzled during the recent legislation session, casualties of a political firestorm that flared up mostly around transportation funding.

May 29, 2015

Another shutdown? This year’s staring contest differs from 2011

Despite the surface similarities, a number of new factors make 2015’s standoff different, and perhaps simpler, than the 2011 episode.

May 22, 2015

Judicial branch among winners in budget deal

Lawmakers still can’t agree on DWI reforms and voting rights for felons.

May 20, 2015

Chaotic close draws complaints about process

An ambitious legislative agenda unravels as time runs out on the session.

May 15, 2015

Scott County approves sales tax

The board agreed it was better to enact its own sales tax to be used within the county’s borders rather than contribute more to a metro-wide sales tax pool for transit projects.

May 13, 2015

Talks have Capitol in holding pattern

Taxes and transportation remain sticking points as the House and Senate are effectively deadlocked on budget bill negotiations.

May 8, 2015

Tough sailing ahead for budget deal

Observers are skeptical before political leaders convene at Lake Vermilion resort.

May 8, 2015

Wholesale tax on gasoline a dumb idea

Neither liberals nor conservatives think it is a good idea to doom a government agency to failure before dime one is spent,yet that is exactly what the wholesale tax on gasoline is likely to do.

May 1, 2015

Crossing the party line at the Capitol

While some members choose to vote against their caucus out of protest or principle, others have strategic intent when they press the button.

Apr 29, 2015

Squaring the budget circle

From a nonpartisan perspective, the parties differ over two concepts: what is a surplus and what is an investment.

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