April 2, 2024

Wealth gap in Minnesota on the rise, data shows

WASHINGTON — Economists who study the gap between the rich and poor in Minnesota say it can be viewed either as a glass half empty, […]
March 4, 2024

In Minnesota’s latest economic forecast, 5 pieces of good news explained

Those twice-a-year economic and revenue forecasts produced by Minnesota Management and Budget are treated as political documents when they are released. How much money will […]
February 29, 2024

Why Minnesota’s $3.7 billion budget surplus won’t result in a spending spree at the State Capitol

Minnesota’s budget situation improved slightly Thursday when an updated economic and revenue forecast was released by state economists. That doesn’t mean the Gov. Tim Walz […]
February 1, 2024

Minnesota’s ‘most progressive’ tax state designation explained

Two sets of changes to the Minnesota tax code last year — one aimed at high earners and one at low earners — combined to […]
January 17, 2024

More than 200,000 Minnesotans will lose affordable internet unless Congress acts

WASHINGTON – To Becca Arens, who lives off of Social Security benefits in Willmar, a federal program that subsidizes the cost of internet service or […]
January 2, 2024

Child care gaps in rural America threaten to undercut small communities

This story is from KFF Health News, a national newsroom that produces in-depth journalism about health issues and is one of the core operating programs […]
December 28, 2023

Here’s how the locks and dams on the Mississippi River work, and why they exist

This story is a product of the Mississippi River Basin Ag & Water Desk, an independent reporting network based at the University of Missouri in […]
December 14, 2023

Are people moving out of Minnesota because of high taxes? Question is ‘an easy one to manipulate’

It is a familiar talking point, mostly for Republican office holders and candidates criticizing the level of taxation in Minnesota: Residents — especially those with […]
December 7, 2023

Poll: Twin Cities voters prioritize abortion rights while Greater Minnesotans name rising costs of goods

Abortion rights are still top of mind for Twin Cities voters, while Greater Minnesota voters expressed more concern over the rising costs of goods and […]
December 7, 2023

The difference between ‘deficit’ and ‘structural imbalance’ in Minnesota’s budget picture and why it matters

Sometimes it seems that Republicans and DFLers in the state are Minnesotans separated by a common language, with Wednesday’s release of projections of state spending […]