January 19, 2023

What’s the debt ceiling, anyway? And what happens if Congress doesn’t act?

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government on Thursday reached its borrowing limit of $31.4 trillion, and now a fractious Congress is faced with coming up with […]
January 12, 2023

Minnesota GOP stops ‘bail out’ for Cleveland-Cliffs as part of mining unemployment extension bill

Minnesota lawmakers have fast-tracked a $10.27 million plan that would extend unemployment benefits for laid off Iron Range workers while a Cleveland-Cliffs taconite mine in […]
January 11, 2023

As flooding increases, Chicago looks to make basement housing safer

This story is part of a collaborative series, from the Institute for Nonprofit News, Borderless Magazine and four other news partners, examining climate resilience across […]
January 6, 2023

Will Minnesota taxes from legal marijuana help pay for education, social programs? Probably not.

The chair of the Minnesota House committee with control of taxes had a message for education and social services advocates Thursday: Don’t expect recreational marijuana […]
December 27, 2022

7 Minnesota political storylines from 2022 you might have forgotten (or maybe wish you had)

The past year was pretty eventful, with a record state surplus, a long legislative session, a historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights and […]
December 15, 2022

After dying off in 2022 partisan gridlock, chances for ‘Walz checks’ good in 2023

What’s in a name? For the tax rebate checks dubbed “Walz Checks” by a guy named Walz, the name was a death sentence. Until it […]
December 15, 2022

Huntingon’s Minnesota president seeks racial justice through banking role

Inertia is anathema to the work and civic lives of Darrel German. The president of Huntington National Bank’s Minnesota region arrived in the Twin Cities in […]
December 7, 2022

Walz, DFL leaders, cast doubt on full repeal of state Social Security tax

Gov. Tim Walz and top DFL leaders this week criticized the idea of eliminating a state tax on Social Security benefits despite the fact that […]
December 7, 2022

How can Minnesota have a record-breaking surplus in a challenging economy?

Most of the attention is paid to the sexier half of the Minnesota economic and revenue forecast: how much money the 2023 Legislature will have […]
December 6, 2022

Minnesota state government surplus now stands at $17.6 billion

The Minnesota revenue surplus is now $17.6 billion. That’s a lot for a state that spends about $2.16 billion a month and sets up Gov. […]