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Oct 29, 2014
With its high tax rates applied to a narrow base, Minnesota remains stuck near the bottom of a key index of state tax policy. North Carolina shows how to move up.
Oct 27, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Dozens of property and business owners seethed when the city of St. Paul handed out $2.3 million in assessments for street improvements on the Green Line light rail construction project.
Oct 6, 2014
LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — A citizen watchdog running for city council on the issue of increased transparency in local government plans to boycott an Oct. 14 League of Women Voters candidate forum due to the group’s ban on video or audio recording by anyone outside of the media.
Oct 2, 2014
MINNETONKA, Minn. — The League of Women Voters called police Tuesday to stop video trackers from filming a candidates’ forum at Minnetonka City Hall.
Sep 23, 2014
ROSEVILLE, Minn. — The game plan called for electronic pull-tabs to score up to $350 million for the Minnesota Vikings’ controversial billion-dollar stadium, now under construction.
Sep 2, 2014
DULUTH, Minn. — You quickly get a clue about the scope of Duluth’s street repair problem by logging onto the city website.
Aug 29, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — After years of organizing home-care workers and waging a divisive 2013 legislative battle, the Service Employees International Union prevailed this week in the largest public-sector union election in Minnesota history.
Aug 27, 2014
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Jim Gander’s local and state taxes will help pay for an $85 million expansion of the Mayo Civic Center. So will the heating and plumbing contractor get a shot at some of the 700 jobs spread over three years of the publicly funded project?
Jul 30, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Days before the scheduled start of the largest-public sector labor union election in state history, nine Minnesota home-care workers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis aimed at stopping it.
Jul 21, 2014
I picked up the Star Tribune on Friday and read through the headlines. The front page had a teaser with a small photo of former state economist Tom Stinson and text that read "8,500 jobs added; jobless rate at 4.5%. U Economist Tom Stinson calls figures encouraging." So I turned to the business section and read the lead headline again saying Minnesota had gained 8,500 jobs in June.