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State Budget

Apr 2, 2015
26 states operate under an expenditure limitation where spending increases are tied to personal income growth or a combination of inflation and population growth. While Minnesota does not impose an expenditure limitation, these limitations offer a good starting point for setting a budget target.
Apr 1, 2015
Trust, but verify. That might as well be the mantra of wary legislators out to protect taxpayers and property owners in the wake of the latest proposal for a high speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Rochester.
Mar 30, 2015
The volume in Minnesota of $1 million plus SBA-backed loans, which fell during the recession, has rebounded, according to “,” a new online tool for tracking federal outlays.
Mar 26, 2015
The Minnesota Tea Party Alliance says talking about the House budget targets is "really simple," but there's nothing simple about the state budget.
Mar 25, 2015
House budget targets outline a responsible budget that fully funds the current needs of the state, while at the same time recognizes the need to control spending to prepare for the challenges an aging population presents to future budgets.
Mar 20, 2015
But so are thousands of local government officials, who rely on another IPAD — the state’s Information Policy Analysis Division — to comply with a greater volume of data and public information requests, amid increased expectations of government transparency.
Mar 18, 2015
Patrons used to go to the library to check out books. Today, people go for any number of reasons. But while there’s something for everyone at the 365 branch libraries statewide, some events leave discerning taxpayers wondering whether it’s something everyone should pay for.
Mar 18, 2015
Minnesota has a large smuggling problem and it is set to get worse. We estimate that the 130 percent excise tax increase on cigarettes in July 2013 raised Minnesota’s smuggling rate to 33.7 percent of the total market from a much lower 18 percent. This hike in tax evasion and avoidance is a direct function of high excise taxes — which will likely increase each year — and the ease with which consumers can acquire lower priced cigarettes places like North Dakota, Indian Reservations and the Internet.
Mar 9, 2015
“It’s important to point out that the minimum wage bill that passed last session by a DFL House, a DFL Senate and signed by a DFL governor, actually has the very provisions that I’m talking about,” said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, at a recent House Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance Committee hearing.
Mar 4, 2015
On Monday the leadership offered HF 1281 (Daudt, co-authored by Peppin) and SF 1304 (Bakk), which, very much in line with our LBO proposal, creates the office for the purposes of offering fiscal notes.