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Legislators consider plan to phase out state tax on Social Security income
A plan to phase out the Minnesota income tax on Social Security benefits is under consideration at the Legislature.Minnesota is one of a few states to tax the benefits, although it doesn't affect many low-income seniors.The plan, pushed by state Sen. Dave Senjem, a Republican from Rochester, would b ...
Dayton establishes diversity council to hire and retain wider range of state employees
By executive order, Gov. Mark Dayton has established a new state Diversity and Inclusion Council.It's goal: "to improve the recruiting and retention of state employees from diverse backgrounds, improve the contracting process for businesses owned by Minnesotans from diverse backgrounds, and promote ...
Gov. Dayton proposes $100 million for expanded child care tax credit
MinnPost file photo by James NordGov. Mark DaytonGov. Mark Dayton has proposed an expansion of the state's child and dependent care credit, which, if approved by the Legislature, would provide nearly $100 million in tax relief to families.According to the governor's office, the plan would allo ...
Gun advocates plan rally at Minnesota Capitol
Gun advocates in Minnesota plan a Jan. 26 rally at the Minnesota Capitol to urge state legislators to support 2nd Amendment gun rights.The rally, sponsored by the Minnesota Gun Owners Political Action Committee (MNGOPAC) and the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) will start at n ...
Adam Duininck named new chair of the Metropolitan Council
Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Adam Duininck as the new chair of the Metropolitan Council. Duininck will replace Susan Haigh, who announced in November that she was leaving to devote full-time to her job as President and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.In a change from previous Met Council c ...
State Rep. Pat Garofalo to chair national group's energy and environment committee
State Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Republican from Farmington who has what is called a "complicated" energy vision, has been named chair of a national energy and environment committee.Under the new state House GOP majority, Garofalo is now chair of the Minnesota House Job Growth and Energy Affordabilit ...
Tom Baden named new commissioner of MN.IT
Tom Baden, a 32-year veteran of information technology in the state system, has been named Commissioner of MN.IT, which makes him the state's Chief Information Officer.Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Baden to replace Carolyn Parnell, who left the job earlier this month. She'd been in charge since 2011 an ...
State revenue $212 million higher than November forecast, thanks to better economy
State revenue increased by $212 million over the previous forecast for the months of November and December, state officials said Monday.The November forecast had predicted $3.306 billion, but revenue in November and December was $3.518 billion.Higher individual income tax revenue, which was 11.6 per ...
Reinert won't run for Duluth mayor after all
When Duluth Mayor Don Ness announced he wouldn't be seeking a third term, state Sen. Roger Reinert was one of those expressing an interest in the job.Reinert, who served on the Duluth city council before being elected to the Legislator, has now told the Duluth News Tribune that he's not running.The ...
Dayton gets feisty, calls Republican transportation plan 'pure fantasy'
Gov. Mark Dayton showed his testy side Friday when he criticized Republican lawmakers for their transportation proposal.At a press conference, he said the GOP plan to fix roads and bridges by using $200 million from the projected state surplus was "pure fantasy."The governor's own proposal to pay fo ...
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