Category Archives: Elections

How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can’t – USATODAY.com

How state lawmakers pump up pensions in ways you can’t – USATODAY.com.

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The GOP War on Voting | Rolling Stone Politics

“Voting rights are under attack in America,” Rep. John Lewis, who was brutally beaten in Alabama while marching during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, observed during an impassioned speech on the House floor in July. “There’s a deliberate and systematic attempt to prevent millions of elderly voters, young voters, students, minority and low-income voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in the democratic process.”

The GOP War on Voting | Rolling Stone Politics.

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Schools and “the shift” | Minnesota Public Radio News

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Schools and “the shift” | Minnesota Public Radio News.

Part of the solution to the $5-billion state budget deficit delayed money for Minnesota’s K-12 schools. At the time, school officials who said the state was balancing the budget by “borrowing” off the schools.

Midday will talk with school administrators to learn more about how this payment delay will play out in the state’s schools.

Guests

  • Charlie Kyte: Executive Director, Minnesota Association of School Administrators
  • Jim Hess: Superintendent, Bemidji Public Schools
  • Chris Richardson: Superintendent, Northfield Public Schools

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Minnesota’s bond rating drops amid budget instability « Minnesota Budget Bites

“Why does it matter? The drop in credit rating makes it more expensive for the state to borrow money for capital projects. But the effects don’t stop there, other units of government are also hurt: “Rating agencies take into consideration the state’s creditworthiness in assessing the reliability of bonds issued by school districts, municipalities and counties across Minnesota,” reported Politics in Minnesota.”

The Minnesota Budget Project is an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

Minnesota’s bond rating drops amid budget instability « Minnesota Budget Bites.

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Minnesota | Top 2% Tax Bracket by County

 

An interesting table showing the number of taxpayers in each MN county and the number that would be subject to the Governor’s proposed tax on the top 2% bracket.

New Top Bracket by County – May 16.

 

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Are tax increases, or budget cuts, more harmful to Minnesota’s economy? | Minnesota Public Radio News

Are tax increases, or budget cuts, more harmful to Minnesota’s economy? | Minnesota Public Radio News.

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DFL courting crossover votes to settle budget

“With the state edging toward a historic and wide-reaching government shutdown, the road to resolution could lead straight to a handful of GOP freshmen who barely won election and veteran legislators intent on preserving a Republican majority.”

“Sen. John Howe  R – Red Wing, stressed that he didn’t think Dayton’s income tax proposal would ever be acceptable, but suggested lowering and broadening the sales tax, which could go a long way to bridge the divide. He also talked about eliminating some tax loopholes, which could appease Dayton’s insistence on a fairer tax system.”

 

DFL courting crossover votes | StarTribune.com.

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