Top Business Group Demands Police Reforms

Dozens of chief executives have asked Minnesota legislators to pass reforms to end “unacceptable police behavior.”

Walz Eases Coronavirus Restrictions, Again

Beginning June 10, bars and restaurants will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity; gyms can open at 25 percent.

Protests Tear Up Lake Street; Minneapolis Leaders Call for Peace

Minneapolis city leaders acknowledged the community’s trauma following the police killing of George Floyd, but emphasized the need for peace.

Bars, Restaurants Get Green Light to Open for Outdoor Dining on June 1

Gyms and fitness centers will still remain closed.

Stay-at-Home Order to Expire May 18

Gov. Walz says the expiration will allow many more companies to open their doors; small businesses remain concerned.

Walz: Relaxing Retail Restrictions Will Put 33K Back to Work

Malls scramble to prepare for curbside and delivery service, while bars and restaurants will remain closed through May 18.

Minnesota Ranks in Top Ten for Tapping Emergency Small Business Loans

But federal program has run out of money in less than two weeks.

Minnesota AG Sees More than 700 Price Gouging Complaints

Though the state doesn’t yet have a law on the books forbidding the practice, a recent executive order from Gov. Walz gives the attorney general the authority to investigate.

Walz Extends Stay-at-Home Order Through April 10

Restaurants and bars will stay closed through May 1.

Walz Establishes Emergency Loan Program for Small Businesses

Under an executive order issued Monday, Minnesota will provide loans for up to $35,000 to small businesses in the state.

Hours After a Frantic Finish, the Minnesota Legislature Shuts Down

Legislators say they're still available to constituents, but it will be mostly by phone, email, or text.

Klobuchar Ends Presidential Bid

At a rally in Dallas on Monday night, she endorsed Joe Biden.

Why Does Minnesota Get Skipped for Presidential Forums?

Minnesota hasn't had many presidential primary debates. South Carolina has hosted 21.

Who Should Manage the Upper Harbor Terminal's Music Venue?

City leaders are considering establishing a Community Development Corporation that would join First Avenue in overseeing the venue.

Report: Most Minnesota County Election Websites Lack Government Validation

The issue could make the state vulnerable to “malicious actors” during upcoming elections, according to cybersecurity firm McAfee.

The Walz Administration is Proposing to Spend $2.6 Billion in State Construction Spending. Is That Too Much — Or Too Little?

GOP leaders have objected to the price tag, but Walz’s plan is well within the debt guidelines crafted a decade ago by the Office of Management and Budget under the administration of GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Politics at Work

In what is likely to be a boisterous election season, what are the pros and cons of workplace discussion?

The Twin Cities’ Biggest Issues to Watch in 2020

A look ahead at some of the most pressing issues in local politics.

Klobuchar Among Senate Democrats Reintroducing Digital Data Privacy Bill

Republicans have put forward their own bills, but the two parties’ differing visions have prevented consensus.

Minneapolis Leaders Call for Expanded Restroom Access in Downtown

A new initiative launched by the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District aims to get 100 bathrooms opened to the public.

U.S. Sens. Klobuchar, Scott Propose Legislation to Study Declining Entrepreneurship

The senators’ Enhancing Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century Act would require government agencies to examine factors behind the slump in new business formation rates.

Govs. Walz, Noem Cry Foul Over Trump’s Ethanol Waivers

In a letter, the governors asked Trump to find ways to lessen the impact of the waivers on farmers.

The Fine Print: City Hall's New Office Building

A look at the particulars of a new office building for the city of Minneapolis.

Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit Returns

The program, which was revived by the Minnesota Legislature this year, allows investors to claim a tax credit on investments in startups.

Special Session Adjourns After Minnesota Legislature Passes $48.3 Billion Budget

There will be no general tax increase, and no gas tax hike. But there will be a cut in the income tax rate for middle-income earners while a tax on medical providers will continue.

Mixing Politics and Business: A Breakdown of the Minnesota House by Profession

Breaking down the Minnesota House by profession.

As Lawmakers Take a Holiday Break, Here’s Where Things Stand at the Minnesota Legislature

There are stark differences in philosophy and strategy between the DFL-led House and GOP-run Senate, divisions best illustrated by each side’s omnibus spending and policy bills.

How Big Pharma Became the Biggest Villain of the 2019 Minnesota Legislature

Pharma has become such an inviting target that in a Legislature that can't agree on anything, multiple bills taking on the industry are still alive in both the DFL-controlled House and a GOP-controlled Senate.

Walz, Senate Republicans at Odds Over Solution to Affordable Housing Crisis

One proposal, which has bipartisan support, would allow those who donate to affordable housing projects to take a dollar-for-dollar credit off of their state income tax bill.

Some of MN’s Lowest-Paid Workers, the St. Paul Saints Players, May Become Exempt from Minimum Wage Laws

The St. Paul Saints, the minor league baseball team that plays home games at the heavily public subsidized CHS Field in Lowertown, is 1.2 miles away from the state Capitol.

The Legislature Really Wants to Help and/or Hurt Minnesota Cities Setting Municipal ID Programs

Municipal IDs are aimed at providing identification to people who are unwilling or unable to get state driver’s licenses or IDs, often because they are undocumented immigrants.

‘We’ll Fight for This One’: Gazelka Says Bill Creating Tax Credits for Private School Scholarships is a GOP Priority

The Equity and Opportunity Scholarship Act would allow donations to scholarship foundations to be credited against state income taxes. The foundations would use the money to give private school scholarships to low- and middle-income students.

New Bill Wants to Stop Cities from Setting Their Own Wage, Benefit Rules

Preemption was a more potent issue over the last four years, when Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.

Why Legalizing Sports Betting (Still) Faces Such Long Odds at the Legislature This Year

A Senate bill to partially legalize sports books in Minnesota narrowly passed out of its first committee Thursday, but the Senate majority leader isn’t keen on the idea, and the state’s 11 Native American tribes are opposed.

Minnesota’s Taxes are High. Are They Too High?

Republicans in Minnesota often focus on the state’s high taxes, while DFLers focus on all the services the state delivers for that money — a divergence was put on display at the Minnesota Capitol this week.

Equity Grant Concerns Have Walz Administration Considering New Ways to Address Disparity in MN

DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said there was a move away from putting more money into grants he described as “siloed, carve-out programs,” but instead to “bring the philosophy of equity to all that we do.”

How Popular is Amy Klobuchar in Minnesota’s Trump Country?

Part of Klobuchar’s case to win the Democratic nomination for president is her ability to appeal to Trump voters. How strong is that ability?

9 Things to Know About Amy Klobuchar

What you should know about Klobuchar’s politics and finances as the senator announces her presidential run.

Minnesota Lawmakers are Crafting a Plan to Help Federal Workers if Another Shutdown Occurs

Rep. Zack Stephenson’s bill would appropriate $2.5 million to the Department of Employment and Economic Development to oversee the program and guarantee any defaults by workers. No interest could be charged during a shutdown or for 90 days after the end of a shutdown.

Is the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Minnesota Inevitable?

Recreational marijuana probably isn’t coming to Minnesota this year. But the debate at Legislature has already become largely about when, not if, it will happen.

Death of Minnesotan is Urging Lawmakers to Address Insulin Price Gouging

Alec Smith’s parents were on hand at the Minnesota Capitol earlier this week to tell his story one more time, part of an effort to pass a package of bills to stop price gouging and bring some transparency to the insulin market.

The University of Minnesota is Losing More Than $500K Every Day During Government Shutdown

The shutdown has cost University researchers $10 million in unreimbursed expenses, caused facilities to be shuttered, and is getting in the way of some students’ financial aid.

In First Speech as Governor, Walz Sticks to ‘Fundamentals’ — Schools, Health Care, and Infrastructure

Education was featured prominently in Gov. Tim Walz’s remarks, but he also highlighted a theme that was a big part of his campaign — that the state has addressed tough problems in the past and can do so again.

Give the Northwest Angle to Canada? Minnesotans Say No Way, No How

A look at why a recently launched petition to “give the Northwest Angle back to Canada” to “correct a critical survey error” will never be successful, and why Angle business owners would never want it to be.

Gov. Tim Walz to Move Quickly on Health Care, Workforce Shortage and Gas Tax Priorities

The DFLer lays out political strategy to win support for his agenda in a divided Legislature.

Why Greater Minnesota Interests Feel Optimistic About the 2019 Legislative Session

When the Legislature begins its work Jan. 8, a battery of lobbyists for Greater Minnesota interests will be there, arguing for a variety of proposals that they believe will boost the rural economy.

Dean Phillips Talks Trump, His Agenda and Balancing Business Values Within Government

The Third District’s new congressman reflects on challenges and priorities as his government-repair mission prepares to enter action mode.

After the 2018 Election, Do Democrats Own the Suburbs — Or Are They Just Renting Them?

Experts caution against assuming the suburbs are in DFL hands for the long term.

‘Fulfilling in Every Way’: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on His First Year in Office

On a recent afternoon, Frey looked back at the highlights and challenges of his first year in the new gig, what he is prioritizing in 2019 — and what his life is now like outside City Hall.

Minnesota’s Budget Surplus Forecast Comes with Warning: Tight Labor Market Only Going to Get Worse

The tight labor market caused by retiring baby boomers is an immediate problem, and its pinch on growing businesses is only going to get worse.

Could Legalized Sports Betting Come to Minnesota As Soon As 2019?

Legislation is already being drafted for lawmakers to take up the issue in 2019, the passage of which would add Minnesota to a growing list of states that have legalized betting on professional and college sports.

On Listening Tour, Walz Gets an Earful, and Offers an Admission: ‘I Will Fail You at Times’

Even while the tour raised expectations of an open and inclusive administration, Walz admitted that he might not always meet those expectations.

Flanagan Tells Business Leaders: Push Coming for Paid Family Leave, More Affordable Child Care

While the incoming lieutenant governor expressed a willingness to listen to concerns about regulation and efficiency in government, she also set out what Gov.-elect Tim Walz might want in return.

Amy Klobuchar is the Only One Not Talking About Amy Klobuchar Running for President in 2020

Some in the media, who had already been buzzing about Klobuchar as a dark horse candidate, went all-in after her decisive win on Election Day.

Walz Wins Governorship, DFL Takes MN House in 2018 Midterm Elections

Meanwhile, voters in Minnesota’s most populous county elect two political newcomers over longtime incumbents, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.

Why the Nation’s Eyes Will Turn to Minnesota on Election Day

Control of Congress doesn’t hinge on Minnesota’s contested House districts, but it depends on districts like them across the country.

What Local Businesses are Doing to Boost Voter Participation on Election Day

Anytime Fitness, Askov Finlayson, Clockwork, Nice Ride, Target are among the companies in the Twin Cities that have enacted policies including full closures, adjusted hours, and more, to ensure employees get to the polls.

Facing Boycott Threats, Land O’Lakes Pulls Support for GOP Rep. Steve King

Twitter erupted with calls for boycotts against Land O’Lakes over a June donation to King’s campaign, as King is oft criticized as being a white nationalist, and otherwise divisive voice.

How Minnesota Stacks Up Against the States Our Gov. Candidates Fear the Most

Republican Jeff Johnson says Minnesota will become California if DFLer Tim Walz is elected. If the opposite happens, Walz threatens Mississippi.

Minnesota’s Buffer Law is Likely to Change — No Matter Who Wins the Governor’s Race

With Gov. Mark Dayton leaving office, the buffer law has become one of the top natural resource issues in the governor’s race between Republican Jeff Johnson and DFLer Tim Walz.

In Minnesota, American Indians Often Fare Worse Than Other Groups

The homeless encampment along Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis has brought new attention to a long-standing and widespread problem.

In the Race for Minnesota Governor, It’s No More Mr. Nice Guys

The two major party nominees, Republican Jeff Johnson and DFLer Tim Walz, once made a thing out of their personal camaraderie. With less than a month to go before the election, though, that chumminess has disappeared.

Whether Kavanaugh Is or Isn’t Confirmed, Minnesota Republicans See a Midterm Election Boost

Conservatives have overwhelmingly rallied to the defense of Kavanaugh.

Do the Economics of Density Really Create Affordable Housing?

A draft of the Minneapolis 2040 comprehensive plan proposes building fourplexes across the city, sparking a heated debate among residents and policymakers.

What You Need to Know About the ‘Full-Service Community Schools’ Model That’s Getting High-Profile Political Support in MN

By reducing barriers for students and their families — addressing basic needs like stable housing, job training and mental and physical health care — such schools aim to better equip at-risk students to succeed.

Minnesota’s Political Campaigns are Spending a Ton Online to Influence Your Vote

Facebook and Google are among the top targets.

Minnetonka Votes in Favor of Raising Tobacco Sale Age to 21

Minnetonka will be the 12th city in Minnesota to join the Tobacco 21 effort aimed at preventing youth nicotine addiction.

Not Sticking to His Guns: In Race for Governor, Walz Embraces Role as Gun-Control Candidate

Walz has stuck with a message that he used in the DFL primary: that it will take someone like him — someone who owns guns and knows gun culture — to work with people on both sides of the issue to find compromises on gun control.

Police-Reform Proposals from Mayors Frey, Carter Offer Different Approaches to Solving a Similar Problem in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey wants to move eight police officers currently in desk jobs to beat work next year, backfilling their office positions with civilians. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, meanwhile, wants to shift money around to give all officers pay raises, among other plans.

Is Karin Housley the Minnesota GOP’s Best Shot at a Senate Seat in a Decade?

The conventional wisdom has been that Housley faces long odds in her effort to be the first Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota in 16 years.

Gov. Candidates Walz and Johnson ‘Fundamentally Disagree’ on Immigration (and Much More)

The issue might offer the most obvious contrast between the GOP and DFL candidates for governor — according to the candidates themselves.

Let’s Break Down Minnesota’s Primary Voting

Charts help tell the story of Minnesota's vote tallies on Tuesday.

Five Takeaways from Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s First Budget Address

The mayor presented his 2019 budget in a 45-minute speech to about 50 people inside City Council chambers Wednesday morning.

Five Takeaways from the DFL Governor Candidate Forum

What we learned from MPR's DFL governor candidate forum with Tim Walz, Erin Murphy and Lori Swanson.

‘We’re Estranged from One Another’: All Five Major MN Governor Candidates Make Their Primary Pitch

FarmFest was the first (and likely only) time that Jeff Johnson, Tim Pawlenty, Erin Murphy, Lori Swanson and Tim Walz would be together on the same stage.

Fifth District DFL Candidates Agree on Almost Every Policy Issue. So How Should Residents Vote?

No race to the left is playing out among the primary field: the leading candidates are all already there.

Everything You Need to Know About the Twin Cities’ Rental Electric Scooters

MinnPost answers your most pressing questions.

Paul Ryan to Visit Best Buy HQ on Monday

Rep. Erik Paulsen will also attend the event with Best Buy employees.

Could a Candidate Win a Statewide Election While Ignoring Greater Minnesota? It’s Very Doable, Data Suggests

Hillary Clinton “lost all but nine counties, but managed to win the state,” says Jeff Blodgett, a longtime DFL operative. “To me, that’s a lesson in really where the votes are.”

Lawsuit: MN Officials Sidestepped Public Disclosure Laws with Amazon HQ2 Bid

The suit alleges state officials and Greater MSP used a cloud-based file-sharing site to hold materials — including the bid itself — in order to get around Minnesota's Data Practices Act.

Why Running Mates Won't Decide Minnesota’s 2018 Election, But Suburban Women Will

Assorted wisdom from two veteran political consultants — one Democrat, one Republican — speaking at the Minnesota Chamber's Women in Business gathering Wednesday.

MAK is Back: Can Margaret Anderson Kelliher Win Over Today’s DFL After an 8-Year Absence?

Anderson Kelliher was Speaker of the Minnesota House for four years but dropped off the political map after falling short in her 2010 bid for governor.

Does Trump’s Duluth Rally Reflect Economic, Cultural Shifts Occurring in the Range?

More and more Range residents have been crediting Trump for any boost the mining industry has recently received.

Sen. Tina Smith’s PolyMet Amendment: Corporate Welfare? Pandering? Or Just a Reasonable Deal?

Smith’s attempting to walk a fine line on mining in northern Minnesota. Her critics aren’t having it.

More Women (and Men, Too) are Running for the Minnesota House in 2018

The proportion of candidates for the Minnesota House who are women inched up one percentage point versus 2016.

A Risky Bid: Keith Ellison is Leaving a Safe Seat in Congress to be MN’s Attorney General, But Why?

At the heart of Ellison’s decision: Where he can best counter the Trump administration.

Why the $25M MN Schools Received to Improve 'Facility Security’ May Do Little to Make Students More Secure

The money will be available for things like bullet-proof glass, metal detectors and security cameras — but not to fund any type of personnel, whether it's school police officers or psychologists.

The 2018 Session of the MN Legislature Was a Failure. But Whose Failure Was It?

Reaction to Gov. Mark Dayton’s session-gutting act — vetoing two bills that contained the bulk of the Legislature's work this year — depended almost exclusively on which political tribe one belonged to.

Tax Measure Veto, Bonding Bill Failure Upend Legislative Session Five Days Before It Ends

Optimism has been replaced by a darker mood at the Capitol, one that speaks to a realization that time is running out to get anything substantive done this session.

The Fight Has Already Begun in the Legislature Over How Political Districts will be Drawn in 2021

Apparently, there’s no time like the present to start thinking, and fighting, about the process.

With a Long List of To-Dos and Not Much Time, What Can the MN Legislature Get Done This Session?

Facing a May 21 deadline, Republicans in control of the House and Senate are scrambling to get several key proposals to the governor’s desk.

Who Pays, Who Saves Under the Three Tax Plans Proposed at the MN Legislature

In shaping their plans, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders have applied their own political philosophies on who should pay more or less, resulting in dramatically different proposals.

Minnesota House Leaders Unveil Major Changes to Sexual Harassment Policy

The Legislature is exempt from the state’s data practices law, so information about sexual harassment complaints and investigations is not public, and top leaders have been reluctant to release any details.

Why Talks of a ‘Benefits Cliff’ are Permeating Throughout Higher Minimum Wage Discussions

As St. Paul prepares to create its own minimum wage, the City Council wants to know: What are the impacts of a higher wage for those now getting public assistance?

Why are Minnesota Lawmakers Now Talking About a Government Shutdown?

The motivation behind two bills debated this week at the Legislature is the same: to have some funding for programs if the state government ever shuts down again.

Monitoring Tech Developed for Super Bowl LII is Emboldening Minneapolis Police Surveillance

The application, FieldWatch, gives every officer in the field with an iPhone the ability to stream video from his or her location back to a central command center.

Dayton Slams Potential Successor Tim Pawlenty in Interview

Dayton dished out strong criticism to the two-term governor and returning candidate for the 2018 governor’s race.

$15 Minimum Wage for St. Paul is ‘Already Decided,’ Says Mayor Melvin Carter

Mayor Melvin Carter’s remarks came at a meeting that functioned as something of a preview of his “State of Our City Summit” on Saturday.

What Minnesota Lawmakers are Doing This Session to Tackle the State’s Opioid Crisis

Among other things, some lawmakers want to set up a system that would funnel money into preventive measures — by imposing a fee on the pharmaceutical companies that sell opioids.

One Rochester Medtech Startup OK’d for Public Funding as Another is Written Off

Thaddeus Medical is in line for $50K, while Hunhu Medical declared a loss in its report to the city.

Charlie Weaver Leverages Political Savvy to Advance Business Agenda

The Minnesota Business Partnership’s executive director is tackling a workforce shortage, achievement gap and business competition threats.

MN Lawmakers Considering Call to Double Number of Rural Mental Health Counselors from One to Two

Ted Matthews might have the toughest job in the state of Minnesota.

Inside the David Vs. Goliath-Esque Lawsuit Over the Commons Ownership in Minneapolis

During Wednesday's hearing, Hennepin County District Court Judge Bruce A. Peterson was, at different times, confused, amused and impressed by the arguments against the Commons deal.

Four Takeaways from Mark Dayton's Last State of the State Address

The speech was shorter and more personal than his previous addresses, and he used it to both look back at his time as governor and describe where he sees Minnesota going after he’s gone.

Gun Sales Didn't Spike in Minnesota Following Florida School Shooting

That breaks with a decades-long trend that saw gun purchases increase after mass shootings.

How Trump's Metal Tariffs Stand to Impact U.S. (And Specifically Minnesota) Industries

A lot depends on how other nations react to the new taxes.

Despite an Estimated $329M Surplus, MN Lawmakers Face Tough Decisions This Session

A once-projected shortfall transformed into a $329 million surplus in Wednesday's updated forecast. The problem? Everyone expected that number to be much bigger.

Minnesota Lawmakers Discussing How to Tackle Sexual Harassment at the Capitol

State lawmakers try to find a meaningful way to deal with an issue that has been unaddressed for decades - in a place where relationships are often marked by vast power imbalances.

New Report on St. Paul Minimum-Wage Hike Draws Echoes of Minneapolis Debate

St. Paul has the region's highest percentage of people living in poverty, at 40.8 percent.

Party Leaders All Smiles During Preview of 2018 Minnesota Legislature

Taxes, bonding, and the fallout from a sexual harassment scandal are all expected to be addressed during the upcoming session.

Why Askov Finlayson Decided to Pledge $1M to Fight Climate Change

We spoke with the man tasked with implementing the project, Adam Fetcher, about how and why the North Loop-based clothing company decided to take on one of today’s most urgent problems.

Jacob Frey on Why Minneapolis Needs More Cops and Housing, Fewer Hashtags

Minneapolis’ new mayor on his early agenda and healing the city’s relationship with business.

St. Paul City Council Passes $563M Budget

The budget is the second since the state Supreme Court tossed out a key source of revenue for the city — and the first to deal with the full brunt of that ruling.

MN’s Projected Budget Deficit is Already Souring Expectations for the 2018 Legislative Session

The forecast was released at an already complicated time. The relationship between Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP leaders remains rocky, and lawmakers are facing a short session at the start of a major election year.

How Minnesota’s Most Prosperous Indian Tribe Became a Powerhouse in Washington

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community was first recognized by the federal government in 1969. Today, it’s a force to be reckoned with.

The Diminishing Power of Being Anti-Development in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Reading simple voter sentiments into complex election results is always dicey, but it would be hard to see the results in both cities as a rejection of those who've supported development and greater housing density.

What Does Tax Reform Mean for Macy’s Project?

The government’s proposed tax bill would kill the federal historic tax credit, a key financing tool for developers.

Minnesota Businesses Move Forward Steadily

Business leaders expect to finish the year with a stable pace in hiring and investing in their companies.

Trump’s SBA Chief Visits the Twin Cities

McMahon met with local small business owners, including Hen House Eatery, Wood from the Hood, and Element Gym.

Why the Riverview Corridor Streetcar is Still a Ways Away from Being Built

On Thursday, an advisory committee took the step recommending a route and a mode of transit for the project. But there are many, many more decisions to come.

St. Paul and Minneapolis Look to Regulate Airbnb Ahead of Super Bowl

There are hundreds of listings throughout the Twin Cities, despite them all being illegal.

How the Met Council Managed to Make Southwest LRT's Wall a Big Deal

The wall has fed a narrative that the regional governing body lacks transparency, and that it cooperates with local officials only when it is convenient for the Met Council.

Tax Reform Could Kill One of Minnesota's Favorite Deductions

One expert estimates that eliminating the state and local tax deduction could pay for 15 to 25 percent of the GOP’s entire tax plan.

Small Franchisees, Big Business?

Under the Minneapolis wage law, franchise owners must boost wages faster than other small businesses.

St. Cloud Could Become Third MN City to Raise Legal Tobacco Sales Age

St. Cloud’s city administrator called the city council’s current version of the ordinance a “hybrid” of its existing law and of what had been enacted in Edina.

The Clearest Dividing Line in St. Paul Mayor's Race? The Ford Site.

The issue has become a rare one in the open mayoral election. That is, one that cleanly separates the candidates from one another.

Why Mark Dayton is So Cautious About Pitching Amazon

In going after Amazon's HQ2, Dayton has displayed a level of reticence that is at odds with his long history of courting companies to Minnesota.

Appeals Court Rules Minneapolis Sick Leave Can Stand

But they affirmed the lower court's decision to prevent the ordinance from applying to companies without a presence in Minneapolis.

Mpls Mayor Hodges' Budget Proposal Tackles Housing, Energy and Safety

Among the items in the $1.4 billion proposal are several that could impact the business community.

Why America’s Big Airlines—and MN’s Representatives in Congress—Are Crying Foul at their Gulf-based Competitors

Qatar and United Arab Emirates based carriers are playing a growing role in the U.S. market. But are they playing fair?

Meet the Man Caught in the Middle of the Twin Cities' Nastiest Development Fight

St. Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert would much rather voters like him than dislike him, of course, but a series of issues in his ward has made that difficult, if not impossible.

Trump's Manufacturing Council Disbands

Many CEOs tendered their resignation from the advisory group following a weekend of violence and protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Rochester’s RAEDI Launches New Southeast Minnesota Angel Investment Fund

Aims for $1M in startup funding despite ‘sunset’ of state’s angel tax credit.

It’s Actually Happening: The New Nicollet Mall is on Track to be Finished by November

“I’ve been in this business a long time,” the Minneapolis Public Works Department's Don Elwood said Tuesday. “It will be complete.”

Mpls Fed President Neel Kashkari Criticizes Anti-Immigration Bill

To an audience of South Dakota residents, Kashkari said, “Do we want economic growth, or not?”

Controversial but Undeniable: Public-Private Synergy has Transformed Downtown East

“The vibrancy that we now have on the street which was previously an ocean of surface parking lots is something to most definitely marvel at,” said Council Member Jacob Frey.

What is the Legacy of the 35W Bridge Collapse on Minnesota Politics and Policy?

Minnesota took action in the months after the collapse. But exactly one decade later, St. Paul is back to gridlock on the infrastructure debate.

Trepidation in the Heartland

Farmers and food processors worry anti-immigration policies will harm their businesses—and Minnesota.

The Real Immigration Crisis

The danger to Minnesota’s economy isn’t a flood of immigrants—it’s when they stop arriving.

The Politics of Business in Minnesota

With just over a year left in his second term, we ask Governor Mark Dayton questions currently on the mind of business.

Minnesota Businesses Tap the Brakes

Optimism about the economy and plans for further business investment are receding after two quarters of increased confidence and spending.

Mayoral Candidate Check-Writing

The drive for campaign dollars is heating up in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Businesspeople are evaluating their donation strategy.

St. Louis Park Becomes Second MN City to Raise Age to Buy Tobacco

The ordinance was passed unanimously during a meeting Monday evening.

Why is Minnesota's Budget Guru So Worried?

There are several reasons why Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans is concerned about the state budget. The biggest one: What, exactly, will the federal government do?

Taylor Leaving Top Post at Minneapolis CPED

Mayor won’t nominate permanent replacement before election.

The Fight Over the Future of the Ford Site is Very St. Paul

The current plan is the culmination of 10 years of work by the city of St. Paul, Ford, state environmental agencies and regional economic development groups. Not everybody is happy with it.

CEO of Minneapolis?

Who is the business candidate in the mayor’s race?

Minneapolis, St. Paul Paid Sick Leave Ordinances Start July 1

A preemption bill veto by Gov. Mark Dayton means the rules can go into effect on Saturday.

St. Louis Park May Become Second MN City to Raise Age to Buy Tobacco

The vote to enact the ordinance will take place in July, about two months after Edina passed the same law.

Input on Minimum Wage Probably Won't Change Minneapolis City Council's Votes

It turns out that the substance of the ordinance has been decided for weeks, if not months.

Why Protectionist Trade Policies Could Hurt Northern Minnesota

Advocates for tariffs need to answer two important questions.

Minneapolis Takes Another (Small) Step Toward Opening Nicollet Avenue

On Tuesday, the city is expected authorize the purchase of the ground beneath the Kmart that blocks Nicollet Avenue between Lake Street and 29th Street.

Are Any Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Business Friendly?

A recent forum offered candidates a chance to explain whether they will accept — let alone seek — support from the local business community.

U’s MnDRIVE Thrives, Angel Tax Credit Gets Wings Clipped

MnDRIVE snags funds for cancer research as sun sets on program to help startups.

Lawmakers Change Factors for Determining Minnesota Tax Liability

Bank and business relationships are no longer used when determining one's domicile for tax purposes.

Twin Cities Transit Funding Board to Attempt a Break-Up...Again

The regional board, born of a time when there was a greater sense of regionalism between the cities and the suburbs, could be dead by October 1.

Trump's Legal Shadow

President Trump’s campaign focused on disrupting the status quo. Now attorneys say it’s unclear how far Trump will go to overhaul immigration, labor and environmental laws that affect Minnesota businesses.

Will Minneapolis' Bag Ban Work?

The plastic bag ban is now law, despite business objections.

What Got Done—and What Didn't—in the 2017 Legislative Session

Taxes, booze and plastic bags: Messy as it was, lawmakers finished their work by early Friday, likely avoiding a state government shutdown.

Dayton and GOP Leaders Agree to a Special Session—What Happens Now?

Under the terms of the deal between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders, legislators now have until 7 a.m. Wednesday to finalize the state budget.

MN Becomes Last State to Comply with Real ID Law

Now that Gov. Dayton has signed the bill into law, It’s probably safe to start booking flights for 2018.

Federal Budget Compromise Funds Southwest LRT

The budget directs the Federal Transit Administration to lock in its commitment to providing the more than $900 million federal contribution to the light rail line.

Why the U.S. is on the Verge of a Trade War with Canada Over Milk

Will Canada get its whey?

Minnesota Better Prepared Than Most for Public Health Emergency

Report says state excels at environmental health, lags on community planning.

How Much Should it Cost to Run Minnesota's Government?

Republicans' budget proposals represent a desire to halt what they call a “stunning” increase in the growth of state agencies over the last decade.

Should St. Paul Induce—Or Shame—Nonprofits Into Paying For City Services?

The City Council has enlisted the Citizens League to study whether it should create a system to get nonprofits to voluntarily pay what the state constitution exempts them from paying.

MN Agency Gives $6.7M For Quality of Care, Employee Retention Projects

Grant money will also be used to prevent certain infections, subsequently cutting the number of emergency room visits made to Minnesota hospitals.

Mayoral Forum Reveals Consensus on Doing More for North Minneapolis

That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum at Shiloh Temple for the nine candidates for Minneapolis mayor.

Minnesota Lawmakers Prepare For A Budget Showdown

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders have found agreement on a handful of major issues so far. But things are about to get a lot tougher.

Mayo, U Of M Decry Proposed Research Budget Cuts

The two Minn. institutions combined for more than $500M in NIH funding last year.

It's Not Easy Being Minnesota Green

The little cannabis industry on the prairie is pioneering a new model for medical marijuana. But its future is up in the air, given its high costs and restricted access.

The State Of Overqualified Workers

A college education is a popular credential in Minnesota, but it isn’t needed to perform most jobs.

How Minnesota’s Success Is Dependent On Immigrants

New research suggests the state leans heavily on immigrants when it comes to growth of the workforce, overall population, and the economy.

Chisholm Moves To Cut Ties With Ironbound Studios

The mayor of the Iron Range city said the two parties should “go their own ways” as it moves to evict the movie studio from its basement due to unmet payments.

Unemployment Unchanged In February

The state added 3,800 jobs.

Minneapolis Ordinance Barring Section 8 Discrimination Moves Forward

The final vote won’t come until Friday. But the ordinance received enough votes during a joint committee meeting Wednesday to assure passage.

St. Paul Mayoral Candidates On Minimum Wage, Development And Getting Nonprofits To Pay

Four of the candidates are seeking the DFL endorsement. The other is going Green.

Fates Of Angel Tax Credit, Small Business Funding On The Table At Legislature

Proposal would make angel credit permanent and boost annual funding to $20 million.

City Slaps Surdyk's With Suspension For Sunday Sales

The store won't be able to sell liquor for 30 days starting July 2—just as other stores can begin opening Sundays.

Death Of Medical Device Tax In Republican ACA Replacement Plan A Big Win For MN Industry

While medical device manufacturers have something to celebrate, they also have a lot of questions — about the Republican plan and the Trump administration in general.

Minneapolis Restaurants Call For Higher Minimum Wage To Include Tip Credit

More than 100 restaurants in the city have joined the group to call for concessions in the ordinance that's expected to arrive this summer.

Why Strict Limits On Immigration Could Seriously Damage Minnesota’s Economy

While the national political climate has grown hostile to immigrants, Minnesota needs them more than ever, says a U of M study.

Duluth Task Force Mulls Impacts Of Paid Sick Leave

The northeastern Minnesota city could be the third in the state to mandate the benefit.

Former Target Employee Rep. Erik Paulsen Is Working On A Tax Plan The Company Hates

The so-called “border adjusted tax” overhauls the way U.S. companies pay taxes by easing the tax burden on exports while making companies pay up for imports.

How Much Does Minnesota Spend Subsidizing Private Business?

Subsidies are notoriously difficult to track, but here’s what we know.

High-Speed Train To Rochester Might Be Derailed

There's been no contact between developers and state officials in months.

Bill To Scrap Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Passes Key Committee At Legislature

The committee vote is a just a small slice of what’s happening across the Legislature: Onetime ‘no’ votes are slowly shifting to ‘yes,’ and new lawmakers are more inclined to repeal the ban.

Health Insurance Premiums With And Without The ACA

Reports explain why ACA premiums rose and why they may go higher without key ACA provisions.

Saving Twin Cities Transit Might Require Killing Regional Funding Board

Dissolving the Counties Transportation Improvement Board would allow counties in the Twin Cities to fund transit projects — without any money from the state of Minnesota.

The Fight Over Funding U.S. Bank Stadium Isn't Over

In response to complaints by two prominent former politicians, the Minneapolis City Council recently directed city staff to examine how it can more closely monitor stadium costs.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Grapple With City-Only Minimum Wage

Candidates are trying to catch up to a movement started by grassroots activists.

Nicollet Mall Reconstruction Takes Toll On Jobs And Customers

Business is bad as street renovation drags into year three.

Will A Minimum Wage Hike Drive This Business Out Of Minneapolis?

The owner of 1-800 Radiators & A/C of Minnesota said a $15 minimum wage will make it difficult to compete with competition elsewhere in the metro.

Rep. Paulsen Introduces Legislation To Permanently Repeal Medical Device Tax

The 2.3 percent tax placed on medical device sales was said to be harmful to medtech innovators, of which many are located throughout Minnesota.

Is A More Liberal Minneapolis Bad For Business?

As the state tilts right, Minneapolis is turning hard left. Has that ruined the city’s business climate, or is it just rhetoric?

Capitol Showdown For Business

Two business heavy hitters will push an aggressive agenda this session that goes beyond tax reform.

2016’s Awfulness Notwithstanding, Here Are 5 Trends That Improved In Minnesota This Year

If the trends continue, 2017 could be a good year for the state.

The Six Issues That Will (Probably) Dominate The Year In Local Government

The year will start with a legislative session — and end with two big elections.

Minneapolis Gives Leg Up To Small Businesses Seeking City Contracts

The new program will help small business compete against more established companies.

Hodges Comes Out In Support Of Higher Minimum Wage For Minneapolis

"Minneapolis is going to lead on the minimum wage, and we have to get it right," the mayor said.

Is A Sunday Sales Repeal Coming Soon?

Speaker Daudt said there seems to be enough support to end the blue law this upcoming session.

Feds Deny Twin Metals Mineral Lease Renewal

The move by the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture deals a major blow to the prospect for a copper-nickel mine on the Iron Range.

State Unemployment Rate Falls To 3.8 Percent

The state has added nearly 32,000 jobs in the last 12 months.

Confused By Claims That Minnesota Isn’t Doing Well Economically? Look Outside The Twin Cities

Minnesota Republicans have credited their election night success to speaking to people who felt left behind.

Staying Ahead Of Overtime

Minnesota employers are straining to comply with new overtime rules.

SEC Updates Rules For Equity Crowdfunding

Minnesota entrepreneurs could benefit from the new guidelines, which relax several restrictions and raise the cap on amounts that can be raised.

Minnesota Chamber Sues Minneapolis Over Paid Sick Time Ordinance

Chamber president Doug Loon said lawmakers should not be “imposing a straightjacket with one-size-fits-all mandates.”

How 'Minnesota Nice' Could Become A Serious Economic Problem For The Twin Cities

Twin Cities business leaders say the region must do a better job of recruiting people to move here — and of keeping them here once they arrive.

Study Suggests Most Minneapolis Businesses Wouldn't Be Harmed By Citywide $15 Minimum Wage

Yet some worry that the study underestimates the potential impact — especially on small businesses.

Can The Twin Cities Build Two Light Rail Projects At Once?

After numerous delays, the schedules to complete Southwest LRT and the Bottineau Line are now converging. Is Metro Transit capable of building the massive projects simultaneously?

Solera Property Goes From Hot Rooftop To Nonprofit Offices

900 Hennepin changes directions with the help of Minneapolis taxpayers.

St. Paul City Council Passes 7.9 Percent Tax Levy Increase

Call it the Goldilocks of tax levy hikes: lower than council originally proposed, and higher than what Mayor Chris Coleman wanted.

Twin Metals Sues U.S. Government Over Mining Rights

The minerals company claims government figures are refusing to give it automatic renewal of the right to mine in an area near the Boundary Waters.

Good Jobs, Zero Bedrooms

Employment is booming across greater Minnesota, but acute housing shortages threaten the prosperity.

How Has Minnesota's Health Insurance Exchange Performed?

With open enrollment for 2017 just two months away, TCB looks at key numbers from the first three years of the ACA-mandated exchanges to predict where those numbers may go.

Filling The STEM Pipeline

The Minnesota High Tech Association, state government and private companies are providing hundreds of paid internships to increase the high tech workforce.

Company Confidential

The new federal trade secrets law has major ramifications for intellectual property and employment disputes.

Does Minneapolis Have Too Many—Or Too Few—Rules Governing Food Trucks?

Some downtown building owners think Minneapolis should tighten regulations, while food truck operators think the city should give them more freedom.

Judge Says Minneapolis Can Vote On $15 Minimum Wage

Minneapolis City Council had blocked the initiative from reaching the ballot earlier this month.

The Vikings Stadium's Payoff

The results are almost in. Will U.S. Bank Stadium deliver on its promises?

Secrecy and Subsidies

Behind the state's deal to bring new jobs to Hoyt Lakes.

Who Earns The Minimum Wage In Minnesota?

As the minimum wage gets its third annual increase, how many people still actually earn it?

Report: White Workers In MN Earn Thousands More Than Other Racial Groups

Asian and white Minnesotans were also found to be 15 percent more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher than American Indians and African Americans.

What's Going On With Redevelopment Of St. Paul's Ford Plant Site?

Most of the plans and studies are complete. An environmental study has concluded that a cleanup is possible and affordable. And Ford is finally prepared to lay out a more firm timetable for redevelopment.

Four Minnesota Agencies Form Partnership To Improve Antibiotic Usage

An estimated 23,000 Americans die each year due to bacteria that has become resistant to antibiotics.

Paid Leave Rules And A Higher Minimum Wage Are Popular In Minneapolis - But Are They Legal?

Minnesota doesn't have a law explicitly preventing cities from enacting their own wage and benefit ordinances, but that doesn't mean it's clear that doing so is legal.

Minneapolis Wants Co-ops

The city is launching a program to promote the creation of more member-owned commercial enterprises.

Will Minnesota Business Be Affected By Brexit?

Two partners at Faegre Baker Daniels’ London office discuss the intricacies of Brexit and why Minnesotans should be paying attention.

Why Does Downtown Minneapolis Still Have A Lot Of Surface Parking Lots? It's Complicated

Can the City of Minneapolis really use the property assessment process to incentivize owners to either develop parking lots — or sell the land to someone who will?

Minnesota Commercial Property Taxes Among Nation's Highest

The state's Chamber of Commerce continues its call on lawmakers to eliminate the statewide general property tax.

A Series Of Small Fights Reveals Deep Divisions Over The Future Of St. Paul

A city that is getting younger, more racially diverse and more urban is grappling with what it will look like in coming years.

Have The Political Winds Finally Shifted On Lifting The Cuban Embargo?

Americans oppose the continuation of the embargo by a large margin. Congress might be starting to notice.

Will A $2,000 Tuition Hike Hurt The U’s Ability To Recruit Out-Of-State Students?

Because they generally pay higher tuition, out-of-state students are a key part of the University of Minnesota’s annual budget—especially in the face of decreasing support of the school from legislators in St. Paul.

‘The Challenges We Have Are Clear’: A Q&A With New DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy

Hardy’s appointment comes at a time when the Governor and policymakers are increasingly emphasizing equity in conversations about the state’s economy.

State Nears Adoption Of Equity Crowdfunding Rules

MNvest passed during the 2015 legislative session, but it has been in rulemaking since.

How A Transportation Deal Didn't Get Done At The Legislature

GOP Rep. Tim Kelly thought he had a workable plan to solve Minnesota's long-term transportation-funding crisis. So why didn't it even come up for a vote?

Dayton "Can't Say" If He'll Call For Special Session

The governor also said he won't hold a $300 million budget proposal and a $260 million tax cut bill “hostage” to any special session negotiations.

Legislative Session Provides Some Tax Relief For Business

One of the Minnesota Chamber's three priorities passed.

If MN Raises Tab Fees For Transportation, How Does It Work And Who Pays?

Everything you ever wanted to know about the policy — and politics — of Minnesota's vehicle tab fees.

Minneapolis Inks Electricity Deal With Solar Garden Operators

The city estimates it will save $28,000 this year on electricity through the agreement.

Mpls Council Committee Takes First Look At Paid Sick Time Ordinance

The bill would require employers to provide paid time off for employees to tend to illness, domestic abuse and care for family members.

Is Tax Relief Coming To Minnesota Veterans?

Proposal would mean tax break for military retirement pay.

Q&A: R.T. Rybak On His New Gig At The Minneapolis Foundation

The former Minneapolis mayor plans to continue his work on eliminating the education gap and lead the foundation in tackling issues of housing, poverty and race.

R.T. Rybak To Lead The Minneapolis Foundation

The former Minneapolis mayor previously worked with the organization during his time in office.

Minneapolis Passes $33M Package For Parks, Street Infrastructure

Meanwhile, state officials are also debating how much to spend on transportation repairs and construction.

Weak GDP Numbers Reflect Earlier Survey Findings

TCB's February report on economic activity throughout the state found a similar pullback in investment and growth.

Could State Skills Program Benefit Minority-Owned Businesses?

Though the MJSP has awarded millions in grants over the years, some say the state could do much more to make sure minority-owned businesses are taking advantage of such opportunities.

Dayton Hires Equity Veteran To Tackle State’s Economic Disparities

Karen Francois previously served in a similar department at the City of Minneapolis.

Legislators Still Far Apart On Issues Halfway Through Session

Taking shots at the other side's math is a long-held tradition in St. Paul. Yet the difference in the numbers being bandied about on taxes, transportation and bonding hint at a formidable problem for lawmakers.

Dayton Remains Biggest Hurdle In Fireworks Legalization

A bill allowing aerial fireworks already passed the House and could make it through the Senate. But the governor has public safety concerns.

Will Lawmakers Change Income, Estate Tax Rules This Year?

Peter Nelson of the Center for the American Experiment spoke to the state’s legislative body and believes change could happen, but maybe not this year.

Property Taxes: Which Cities Give And Which Take In Twin Cities Region?

Under the 1971 Fiscal Disparities Act, the Twin Cities region shared $594 million in tax revenue among nearly 200 taxing entities in 2015.

Minnesota's Great Wealth Migration

Billions of dollars are fleeing the state because of higher taxes and a growing perception that its government is 'anti-success.'

Calling All Angels: DEED Has A Tax Credit For You

The agency wants to help direct angel investment money beyond the usual suspects. But is it working?

Ending The Timeclock Mentality

A U of M study confirms companies benefit from flexible work schedules and environments.

How Green Is My Capital Campaign?

Can two downtown Minneapolis park projects both green up in competition for philanthropic dollars?

Lawmakers Consider Amending Angel Tax Credit Law

Current efforts to allow unaccredited investors to put money in Minnesota companies are awaiting approval in the Department of Commerce.

In St. Paul, A Tiff Over TIF Looms For Soccer Stadium Development

Mayor Chris Coleman says the stadium will be a “catalyst” for the area. So why does the city need to provide public dollars to spur further development?

Bent Paddle Responds To Silver Bay Municipal Liquor Store Ban

The brewer riled many on the Iron Range for its opposition to copper-nickel mining projects.

Thissen Proposes $500M State R&D Fund

The House minority leader said he wants to improve Minnesota's standing in science and technology.

Why Dayton Wants To Spend $46M Of Minnesota's Surplus On Cybersecurity

The governor has proposed spending $46 million in his supplemental budget bill to improve cybersecurity for state agencies—more than he's proposed for the courts or corrections.

State Council Group Calls On Gov. Dayton To Lift Legal Smoking Age To 21

After California’s recent push to ban tobacco sales to those under 21 years of age, a local organization hopes to make similar strides in Minnesota.

Minnesota Chamber Sees Big Role For Business In State's Transportation-Funding Debate

Chamber head Doug Loon has teamed up with labor unions and other business groups to push for a transportation funding compromise at the Capitol.

What Metro-Area Governments Want From The 2016 Legislative Session

Thanks to the continuing impasse at the state Capitol, the big asks from local governments tend to look a lot like what they requested — and didn’t get — a year ago.

Spurned Turf: Why Minneapolis' Northside Lacks Jobs

Few businesses are located in the city's poorest quadrant. Can anyone change that?

Twin Cities Development Efforts Draw National Notice

Local strategies “moving in the right direction,” per Brookings VP.

Civil Rights Groups Push For $15 Minimum Wage On Minneapolis Ballot

On Saturday, supporters of a citywide $15-per-hour minimum wage are launching a campaign to collect the 7,000 signatures required to get a referendum on the ballot.

Legislature Unlikely To Address Sunday Liquor Sales Ban This Year

After making several changes to Minnesota's liquor laws last year, the Legislature is expected to focus on other issues during an abbreviated 2016 session.

Run From DMC?

Can a shadowy group throw a wrench into Rochester’s $6 billion plan?

DEED's New Opportunity Office Aims To Make Economy Inclusive For All Minnesotans

Minnesotans have known about the huge disparities between whites and communities of color for years. How to close those disparities is another question.

Mpls Task Force All But Certain To Recommend Paid Sick Leave

Minneapolis would be the first city in the state to have a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance, though St. Paul has signaled that it also expects to adopt one following a public process.

With Fed Commitment, Southwest LRT Now In The State's Hands

In spite of cuts made to the project in the past year, the rail line remains a top funding priority for the federal government.

Mpls Work Group Explores Payroll Tax To Fund Paid Leave

The idea, modeled on workers' compensation, received serious consideration by the group despite reservations about its feasibility.

Small Business Administration Offers "Mini-MBA" To Jumpstart Small Business

The program mentors small business owners to nurture additional growth.

Governor’s Task Force Suggest $200M For Rural Broadband Access

Currently two out of every ten outstate Minnesotans don’t have access to a high-speed internet connection.

Why Does The Entire Minnesota Delegation Want To Kill A Key Part Of Obamacare?

Minnesota’s representatives come from varied ideological, geographic and economic backgrounds. And they all want the medical-device tax to die.

How Lawmakers Want To Spend Minnesota's Surplus

What does the 2016 legislative session portend for Minnesota businesses?

Lawmakers Consider Putting Transportation Funding Question Before Voters

The ballot question would ask voters if tax money currently collected on the sale of auto repairs and replacement parts should be dedicated to roads and bridges.

Bonding Will Be A Top Issue For The 2016 Legislature, So How Does It Work?

And what does "repelling invasions" have to do with it?

Is Steel Dumping The Real Culprit For What Ails The Iron Range?

And if foreign governments are cheating on steel prices, should the U.S. government step in to help support domestic steel producers?

The Punch Pizza Way

If Punch Neapolitan Pizza’s higher-wage initiative has been good for business, why isn’t the rest of the local restaurant trade following?

Building Minnesota's STEM Workforce

Minnesota colleges are updating and expanding their science, technology, engineering and math programs to meet business needs in a 21st century economy.

Essar Steel Agrees To Repay $66M Loan

The company failed to meet the requirements by the state as specified in the loan agreement.

Can Minnesota Reel In Hollywood Money?

More film and TV productions would come to Minnesota if incentives were greater—but the state remains ambivalent.

Reinventing The Library

St. Paul’s central library reinvents itself with an emphasis on business training and services.

Q&A: How Will The Fed’s Rate Hike Affect Markets And Consumers?

The hike is slight and it might take some time before consumers see any major changes.

St. Paul's Libertarian Alleys Raise Questions Of Basic Civics

Today, especially on the issue of garbage collection, the environmental benefits of organizing the city’s haulers might finally be changing the conversation.

One Minneapolis? You Wouldn't Know It From Last Week's Budget Hearing

A proposed amendment to the city budget exposes rifts on the Minneapolis City Council usually hidden by the scrim of party identity.

Why A Conservative Republican From Northern Minnesota Wants To Kill The Suburbs

While Strong Towns' agenda might sound familiar to urban planning enthusiasts, there is a difference informed by founder Chuck Marohn’s background.

Business Group Pushes Paid Sick Leave In Minneapolis With "Shop Your Values" Campaign

Small business owners affiliated with the group Main Street Alliance are asking the public to patronize places run by those who support the proposed policy.

St. Paul Poised To Change Booze Rules For Restaurants

Among other things, the new laws would allow for an increase in the number of restaurants that could offer hard liquor.

Klobuchar To Host Millennial Summit

The event will highlight issues facing one of the nation’s largest generations that is currently entering the workforce.

Upgrading Transit From St. Paul To Airport Offers Plenty Of Options - Just Don't Mess With Parking

Options for the Riverview Corridor project include just about every idea for improving transit between Union Depot and MSP, including which route should taken and what transit mode should be used.

Dayton Declares November As "Family Business Awareness Month"

Family businesses make up 90 percent of U.S. businesses and 80 percent of the nation’s workforce.

The First Hurdle For Sick Leave Policy In Minneapolis: Agreeing On Who Should Study It

The city council wants a "partnership group" of 15 residents to study paid sick leave. Now comes the hard part: deciding who should serve on the panel.

FAA Approves Sentera For Drone Use

The approval will enhance the company's ability to provide data to its customers.

Why Local Officials Aren't Freaking Out About The $1.48B Price Tag For Bottineau LRT

One reason is that the previous estimate of $1 billion was always something of a place saver, put there only after preliminary calculations were done early in the planning process.

Transit Showdown In The Southwest Metro

Can SouthWest Transit’s express bus system survive Southwest LRT? Should it?

Bottineau LRT Price Estimate Jumps $500M

The total price of the project is now expected to be $1.48 billion.

Should Local Beer Cos. Worry About The Macro-Brew Merger?

Even if you never drink beers produced by SABMiller, Anheuser-Busch InBev or their biggest competitors, the merger’s effects may trickle into the smallest corners of the $100-billion-per-year beer industry.

The Rise And Fall Of Minneapolis' Working Families Agenda

Six months after Mayor Betsy Hodges made the agenda the focus of her state of the city address, the once-ambitious plan is now a lot less ambitious.

Hodges Backs Off On Calls For A Fair-Scheduling Ordinance

In a statement released today, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said concerns raised by businesses will take longer to resolve than the current timetable for passage of an ordinance allows.

Can A Regional Initiative Make Minnesota More Welcoming To Outsiders?

A partnership of more than 50 regional organizations, “Make It. MSP” is aimed at retaining and recruiting workers. Among its initiatives: an effort to make natives more open to those who weren't born here.

Minneapolis Fair-Scheduling Ordinance Would Be The Most Sweeping In The Country

Only San Francisco has anything similar to what's being proposed for employers in Minneapolis. But while the local ordinance would cover every employee in the city, San Francisco's covers relatively few.

Minneapolis Moving Forward On New Worker Protections, Will Consider Minimum-Wage Study

While the council appears united on issues like mandatory sick leave and fair scheduling rules, there is no consensus on whether Minneapolis should go it alone on a higher minimum wage.

Southwest LRT Won't Go Forward Without Legislative Approval, Says Met Council Chair

Adam Duininck says the council has backed away from an earlier plan that would have sidestepped the need for the Legislature to sign off on the state’s share of SWLRT funding.

Proposal For Turbines At St. Anthony Falls Is Already Generating Plenty Of Opposition

The company proposing the project says it's a way to provide clean energy. But neighborhood residents and city officials worry about its impact on an iconic part of Minneapolis.

Meter Man: Coleman's Budget Address Includes Plan To Overhaul Street Parking In Downtown St. Paul

The mayor's plan is aimed at driving more long-term parkers into downtown ramps — and freeing up street spaces for drivers who come to the city to shop, dine and attend events.

Could Legalized Fireworks Be More Bucks For Minnesota's Boom?

Is Minnesota ready to capture all the fireworks spending heading out of state?

Why Is Minnesota's Congressional Delegation So Focused On Cuba?

Since the thaw in relations that followed an unexpected prisoner swap late last year, Minnesota’s representatives have wasted no time getting involved in Cuba policy.

Investment Crowdfunding Legalized In Minnesota

The law, pushed by MNvest, aims to make investing in Minnesota startups easier.

The Medical Device Tax Repeal Effort Is Back. Will It Pass This Time?

Rep. Erik Paulsen continues his efforts to repeat the medical device tax. With 27,000 med-tech jobs in the state, he's gaining wide support from the delegation.

Paulsen In The Middle Of Beer-Industry Fight Fermenting On Capitol Hill

Minnesota's 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen introduced a bill that would slash federal excise taxes for small U.S-based breweries. Weeks later, the big breweries stepped up.

What Greater Minnesota Got Out Of The 2015 Legislative Session

Addressing the needs of Greater Minnesota was supposed to be a priority this year. But groups representing rural parts of the state are giving the 2015 session an incomplete.

Met Council Proposes Cuts To Southwest LRT

The cuts are aimed at saving the massive transit project, which was put in doubt last month when its price tag went up by $340 million.

Why One Downtown Property Owner Won't Have To Pay For The Assessment For The Remake Of Nicollet Mall

Removing the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from the rolls of a special assessment zone for the Nicollet Mall redo will save the bank $267,841.83 over the next 20 years.

Minnesota United: July Stadium Deadline Has “Wiggle Room”

Will legislature act in final days on proposed soccer stadium?

This Is How You Get A Gas Tax Hike Passed

In 1988, the Legislature passed the largest transportation-funding package in its history. Here's how it was done.

Fix—Don't Nix—Southwest LRT, Say Local Officials

Despite the ballooning cost of the project, elected officials say they would rather cut costs than abandon the 16-mile addition to the region’s light rail system.

Say Goodbye To Hollywood? Why Lawmakers Are Considering Putting MN's Film Board Out of Business

Once home to one of the country’s leading film incentive programs, Minnesota’s Film and TV Board is facing the prospect of not existing at all.

In Wake Of Ballooning Costs, Even Southwest LRT Backers Ask, "Is It Worth It?"

A new $2 billion price tag has led Gov. Mark Dayton and Met Council Chair Adam Duininck to call for a rethinking of the project — or even abandoning it.

How Dayton, Senate DFLers And House Republicans Could Forge A Budget Deal - And Avoid A Shutdown

Curt Johnson, who was chief of staff to Gov. Arne Carlson, offered his thoughts on bringing together the irresistible objects and immoveable forces at the Legislature in the next few weeks.

Is It Possible To Pay For Minnesota's Transportation Needs Without Raising Taxes?

Republicans say “efficiencies” could go a long way toward paying for needed road and bridge improvements in Minnesota. What does that mean — and how would it work?

MNvest: Kickstarter, But For Equity

A bill going through the legislature aims to make investing in Minnesota startups easier for community members.

Why Streetcars Are Losing Their Appeal As A Mass Transit Option

In the wake of a recent report on Portland's extensive system, even some urbanists have begun to question the utility of streetcars.

Sunday Liquor Sales Fail Again — But Not As Badly This Time

But the effort garnered more debate and votes than it has ever before — while it failed on a 35-to-28 vote, just year ago the same vote was 44 to 22.

Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales Is Probably Going To Fail Again At The State Legislature. Here's Why

Everything you wanted to know about why lawmakers won't pass a measure supported by a large majority of Minnesotans.

How A Soccer-Specific Stadium Might Get Built In Minnesota

What could public involvement for an urban, soccer-specific facility look like if local politicians' "no" doesn’t necessarily mean "no"?

Minnesota Adds Jobs, Unemployment Steady

While state unemployment figures remain lower than the rest of the country, growth has been slower.

Minneapolis Contends With Differing Laws, Equity Issues As It Moves To Add Cable Competition

CenturyLink has applied to compete with Comcast for cable customers but its application might force the city to choose between following state law or following federal law.

Why The EPA's Clean Power Plan Makes Even Green Minnesota A Little Nervous

The new regulations set aggressive carbon-emissions reduction targets for Minnesota — that is, if they are even legal.

New Report Blames Twin Cities Housing Policies For Segregation

The author, Myron Orfield, says the metro's racial segregation is due to government apathy and "well-meaning but misdirected" efforts by housing advocates and school reformers.

Minnesota's Budget Process, Explained

The process for funding state government every two years involves a bunch of deadlines, myriad requirements — and some big consequences if it all goes awry. Here's how it works.

From Soothing Respite To Furious Make-Out Spot, Design Ideas For Downtown 'Commons' Run The Gamut

The new park will come in two parts. An interim version will open in 2016, with the fully developed Downtown Commons debuting in late 2017

Why William Mitchell And Hamline Law Had To Merge

The merger of Hamline's law school and William Mitchell College of Law makes sense for a lot of reasons. But it’s also clear that they didn't have much of a choice.

New Gateway Project Recalls Early Efforts To Combat Downtown Blight

In 1915, the Minneapolis Park Board pioneered the use of urban renewal when it built Gateway Park, on a triangular two-block site that included the early City Hall.

Is The Minneapolis Park Board Guided By Lessons From The Past—Or Haunted By Its History?

Minneapolis Park Board's recent fight with the Met Council reveals a fear of not being sufficiently protective, even overprotective, of the city's park system.

Why Lawmakers Are Unlikely To Overhaul Minnesota's Minimum Wage Law

Even those who most-passionately opposed the measure are talking about tweaking, not repealing, the new law.

Why A Chef’s Simple Request May Completely Change Where Hotels Can Operate In Mpls.

The city's zoning ordinances don’t allow hotels of any size in many parts of the city. That may change thanks to Restaurant Alma owner Roberts.

How Immigrants In The Twin Cities Build The Economy—And Revitalize Neighborhoods

A new report uncovers some surprising facts about the impact of immigrant-owned small businesses.

Dinkytown Throwdown: Why The Neighborhood Has Preservationists And Urbanists On A Collision Course

A bid for historic designation has exposed tensions between those who want to maintain the area's character and a major goal of current city leaders.

Destination Medical Center Plans Now In Rochester’s Hands

The DMC is expected to be state’s largest-ever development project.

Minnesota Chamber Of Commerce Proposes Alternative Transportation Funding Mechanism

The organization is asking the Legislature to consider a “value capture user fee,” essentially a property tax increase on properties whose value would be enhanced by transportation improvements.

Why One Of The Most Popular Arguments Against Sunday Liquor Sales Is Bunk

A study of sales figures in Washington state concluded that being open on Sunday actually increased sales — far in excess of any additional staffing costs.

Dayton Doubles Down On Light Rail With Choice For Met Council Chair

By selecting Adam Duininck to lead the Met Council, Dayton has signaled that he not only supports light rail — he's willing to fight for it.

A New Kind Of For-Profit Comes To MN

A new Minnesota law allows companies to incorporate with a mission to help society.

Adam Duininck Named New Chair Of The Metropolitan Council
The Legend Of Schneider Drug's Tom Sengupta

Due to health and age, the 75-year-old Sengupta is looking for someone else to carry on the work at his iconic Prospect Park pharmacy, Schneider Drug. No one will be able to carry it on in the same way.

Here's One Way To Reduce The Number Of Undeveloped Lots In Minneapolis

Land-value taxation would mean taxing land separately — and at a higher rate — than the buildings and other improvements that sit on top of that land.

What The Parties' First Bills Tell Us About 2015 Legislative Session

There is some common ground between House and Senate leaders on rural Minnesota, but sharp differences on taxes and education

Nicollet House Was Minneapolis' Social Center In The Late 1800s

Now several high-powered real-estate groups are vying to fill the Washington Avenue site with massive towers.

Q&A: Tom Emmer

New congressman tackles economy, health care.

Did The Massive Federal Spending Bill Just Screw Up Funding For Southwest LRT?

In a word: maybe, thanks to a section in the recently-passed federal spending bill that has raised questions about the feds' share of the bill for the light rail project.

Tale Of Two Budget Hearings: Minneapolis' Council Meeting Marked By Controversy, St. Paul's By Speed

On Wednesday, both St. Paul and Minneapolis approved operating budgets and property tax levy increases for 2015 — though not without drama in the case of Minneapolis.

The Anatomy Of A $1 Billion Budget Surplus

“This is greatly improved territory, but there’s always going to be challenges,” said Gov. Mark Dayton. “There will be plenty of ideas for use of this money.”

In Latest Push For Sunday Liquor Sales In Minnesota, A New Strategy

The latest effort to peel back the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales will focus on passing legislation that would allow local governments to decide if stores can sell booze on Sunday.

Bridge Designs For Kenilworth Corridor Unveiled

The bridge has drawn objections from the Minneapolis park board, which would prefer that a shallow tunnel be built for light rail trains to travel beneath the Kenilworth Channel.

Report Details North Dakota Oil Boom’s ‘Downside’

Concerns over environmental impact, lax regulations on display in New York Times feature.

Minneapolis Will Look The Other Way Until New Booze Rules 'Officially' Go Into Effect

Officially, Minneapolis' new rules governing food and alcohol at neighborhood restaurants don't go into effect until Jan. 16, 2015. In practical terms, says the city, they already are.

What A Fight Over Windows Can Tell You About Historic Preservation

The preservation of landmark buildings is dictated as much by what we see through as what we see.

How The Impending Wave Of Worker Retirements Will Change Government In Minnesota

The numbers raise several challenges for state and local government: how to make sure the skills held by retirees doesn’t go out the door with them, and how to attract and retain younger workers.

Auditor: MNsure Complied With 'Most Legal Requirements,' But Lacked Adequate Controls

The state Legislative Auditor found problems with controls over marketing costs and collection of receipts.

Is Big Business Sitting Out The Governor's Race?

Credit the power of incumbency — and Gov. Mark Dayton's somewhat surprisingly healthy relationship with local business leaders — for the lack of spending so far by some prominent groups.

Does A Boring Ballot Question Hold The Key To Sustaining Minneapolis' Restaurant Boom?

A group seeking to repeal Minneapolis' 70/30 law governing food-to-alcohol sales for neighborhood restaurants says the rule is a serious problem — and becoming a bigger one.

Mpls. Pledges To Pursue Streetcars And BRT To Better Serve Poor And Minority Residents

The promises were among those delivered Tuesday in response to requests from the Equity Commitments Coalition for Metro-wide Transportation.

Gov. Mark Dayton On MNsure, Mining And Not Tackling Tax Reform

From ballooning infrastructure costs to a controversial sex offender treatment program, the governor will face big issues if he's re-elected to office.

Park Board Ups The Ante In Dispute With Met Council Over Southwest LRT

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted Wednesday to spend up to $500,000 to study a shallow tunnel option for the Kenilworth Cooridor.

McFadden Goes At Franken's Record In First Debate

Franken and McFadden met for their first debate on Wednesday, and Franken's voting record played a starring role.

St. Paul And The Troubles Of Redeveloping Awkward Buildings

Eighteen months after Macy's announced it was abandoning downtown, reality is setting in: the store's old building isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

From Reforming Minnesota's Sales Tax To Expanding Medical Marijuana: Jeff Johnson On The Issues

Though many of Johnson's positions are unsurprising for a GOP nominee for governor, he breaks from the standard Republican line on a handful of issues, according to analysis from MinnPost's public affairs reporter.

Minneapolis Park Board Could Prove To Be Another Obstacle For Southwest LRT

A 2012 environmental review of the SWLRT alignment says that the impacts on parkland could be mitigated. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board isn’t so sure.

Minneapolis Council Moves Toward Final Approval Of Southwest LRT

The council took its last steps toward a final vote Friday giving municipal consent for a route extending the Green Line from Target Field to Eden Prairie.

Hennepin County Approves Southwest Light Rail

As part of the county’s approval, the board also agreed to officially commit to its share of the funding for the project: $165.3 million.

Couple Launching Mobile Market To Ease Twin Cities' Food Disparity

Mike and Leah Driscoll’s Twin Cities Mobile Market seeks to improve the health of people living in low-income areas who lack of easy access to grocery stores.

Taking Post-Election Victory Lap, GOP Nominee Johnson Promises Positive Campaign

The Republican candidate for governor says he'll highlight "common sense reform" in bid against Mark Dayton.

Minnesota's Primary Marked By Low Turnout—And The Power Of Incumbency

Wins by Jeff Johnson and U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden highlight an election that saw less than 10 percent of registered voters cast ballots.

Why Moving To MN Could Save Wealthy Wisconsinites Money

Despite criticisms of Minnesota's tax climate for wealthy residents, a new study suggests that high-income earners in Wisconsin might actually save money if they relocated here.

Highway Upgrades Bring Businesses, Jobs To MN City

Wurth Adams Nut & Bolt and Perbix Machines are relocating their headquarters to Brooklyn Park with expansion projects that total $28.6 million.

Minimum Wage In MN Rises August 1 To $8 An Hour At Big Companies
Are Those Who Market The Twin Cities Leveraging Our Low Cost Of Living?

Cost of living may end up as the region’s ace in the hole, not sports, culture or nature.

Law Firm Creates Free Guide To Data Security For Businesses

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development partnered with Gray Plant Mooty for the third time, this time to create a free downloadable guide to help businesses acquaint themselves with security laws and other rules.

Dayton: State Technology Overhaul Has Saved $27M

The governor said that changes to the state’s IT operations have cut administrative waste and introduced new accountability measures.

Legislative Hearing Will Discuss Auditor's Report On Running Aces Track
Congressional Fundraising: Franken Raises And Spends A Lot, Mills Self-Funds

Here are some key numbers from the campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday.

Twin Cities Mayors To Deliver Budget Addresses In Mid-August
Think Tank Calls For Moratorium On Light-Rail

The Center of the American Experiment, a conservative group, says lawmakers should focus transit spending on improving roads and bridges.

Mpls Strikes Deal With Transit Planners For SW Light-Rail

A Met Council leader touted the proposed deal as a “win-win,” while Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges characterized it more as a sacrifice that the city would make for the greater good of improving Twin Cities transit.

How Do Mpls. Business Taxes Compare On An Int’l Stage?

While the Twin Cities’ corporate tax structure is lower than those in many major cities throughout the world, it’s higher than those in major metros in places like Canada, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

Few Surprises In Finance Reports By GOP Candidates For Governor

All but one of the GOP candidates made loans to their campaigns.

MN Chamber Rates State Lawmakers’ Voting Records

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce published a report that outlines its stance on bills and how lawmakers voted on them throughout the 2014 session.

Half-United, Half-Divided, Minnesota Republicans Pledge Pragmatism In 2014 Campaign

The state Republican Party has been conducting a frank reappraisal of its priorities, outreach, and messages since the 2012 election when the GOP lost control of the legislature.

Fed Plan Orders MN To Cut Carbon Emissions 41 Percent

To reach that goal the Environmental Protection Agency is setting customized targets for each state.

Young MN Entrepreneurs Join Republican Campaign

Brenton Hayden and Ryan Marvin, co-owners of Minnetonka-based Renters Warehouse, are working on GOP Senator Dave Thompson's gubernatorial campaign.

So What Did Dayton's "Unsession" Actually Accomplish?

Looking at how much the average Minnesotan will notice the results of the unsession.

Why Mpls Restaurants Have Been Reluctant To Ditch Foam

The city is banning Styrofoam takeout containers—but why haven’t restaurants already made the switch to greener alternatives?

Pro-Stadium Politicians Bask In Minnesota's Super Bowl Win

Representative Morrie Lanning: “It’s not just the Super Bowl. It’s a $400 million project being built around the new stadium. I don’t know how anybody can now feel that this was a bad deal.’’

Study: Twin Cities Visitors And Tourism Spending Up In 2013

Approximately 29.4 million travelers visited the Twin Cities in 2013, representing a 5.4 percent increase over 2012, according to a study commissioned by Meet Minneapolis.

GOP Governor Candidate Johnson Debuts Ad, As Does Pro-Honour Group

Two new television ads on behalf of two Republican candidates for governor will be on the air shortly.

MnDOT Saves $50 Million On Bridges, Redirects Money To Freeways

The funding will now be used on two big freeway projects, one in the metro and one in southern Minnesota.

Supreme Court Revives Air Pollution Rule Affecting MN

Midwestern power companies had blocked a regulation that would reportedly cost them hundreds of millions of dollars a year—but the U.S. Supreme Court has now sided with regulators, reviving the rule.

Cash, Not Credit: DFLers Consider End Run Around GOP

House Capital Investment Chairwoman Alice Hausman has introduced a $125 million proposal that pays cash for a handful of construction projects out of the state’s $1.2 billion surplus.

Bachelor Farmer And Its Political Connections

Do the Dayton brothers have a leg up in landing top-shelf campaign events?

Campaign Finance Lawsuits In Minnesota And Other States Take Aim At Contribution Limits

The Supreme Court's ruling in favor of Republican donor Shaun McCutcheon was another signal to advocates that the Roberts court will be receptive to challenges to campaign finance laws.

Minnesota Lottery's Online Push Hits Bipartisan Legislative Wall

This February, the Lottery's online presence advanced to the point that players could purchase instant scratch-off tickets online.

Planned $9.50 Min. Wage May Rise With Inflation

Lawmakers in Minnesota, currently home to one of the country’s lowest minimum wages, have reached a deal to hike the minimum hourly pay to $9.50 over the next few years.

Minnesotans Get 2nd-Smallest Portion Of Their Taxes Back

Minnesota taxpayers recoup less than 10 percent of the individual income taxes they contribute, whereas Mississippians get back more than 30 percent.

Dayton, Lawmakers Agree To Boost Pay For Care Workers

The $14 million provision included in Governor Mark Dayton’s budget funds the equivalent of about 218 full-time employees in the Department of Human Services.

MN Business Leaders Identify Their Legislative Priorities

In a recent poll, Minnesota business leaders identified the issues they'd prefer to see lawmakers address this session.

MN Among States Least-Dependent On Fed Government

Taking into account returns on taxpayer investment, how much each state receives in federal funding, and the ratio of federal employees, WalletHub ranked Minnesota third on its list of states least-dependent on the federal government.

5 Cos. Land Funding To Support MN Expansions

Five companies are dipping into a newly approved fund that the state is using to encourage businesses to boost local job growth and investments.

MN Chamber Applauds Tax Cuts But Remains Guarded

A large chunk of the recently passed tax-cutting bill went toward repealing business-to-business taxes, but the business group is wary about other looming legislation.

Move To Raise State’s Minimum Wage Held Up By Debate Over Indexing

At the crux of the delay in passing an increase is the question of whether to index a new, higher wage to inflation.

The Inside Story Of Wells Fargo's Downtown East Deal

Wells Fargo is banking on Minneapolis with a major investment in Downtown East.

Dayton Proposes $616M In Tax Cuts Due To Budget Surplus

Governor Dayton’s proposal would cut certain middle class taxes, B2B taxes, local government and nonprofit taxes, eliminate the gift tax, and increase angel investor tax credits.

After Craft Beer Taprooms, Are “Cocktail Rooms” Next?

Companion bills at the state legislature aim to allow craft distilleries to sell products on-site, similarly to how craft breweries sell beer at “taprooms.”

Untax The Rich? Dayton Offers Different Tone This Year With Gift, Estate Tax Proposals

It appears that Gov. Mark Dayton is set to eliminate the gift tax, which he signed into law last spring.

MN AG Urges Congress To Take Aim At “Patent Trolls”

Attorneys general from 42 states, including Minnesota, are advocating for patent reforms that they say would protect businesses from the threat of unnecessary litigation.

Which Issues Will Be The Focus Of This Legislative Session?

The legislative session that begins Tuesday will focus on the recent bonding bill, the minimum wage, business-to-business taxes, and the state’s projected budget surplus.

White House Recognizes Mpls. Lawyers' Pro Bono Program

A program that was born in Minnesota and provides pro bono legal services to lower-income inventors was highlighted as the president outlined new patent reforms.

Do Travel Taxes Kill Minnesota Tourism?

Everyone’s favorite tax increase may be a double-edged sword.

After $585 Million For Destination Medical Center, Will Rochester Get More Bonding Money?

DFL state Representative Kim Norton said she's heard that Rochester already got so much that they shouldn't ask for any more.

Health Care Mandate Delayed For More Employers

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and national employer groups responded both positively and negatively to the second delay of one of the major requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

$3.3M In Grants Will Clean Up 10 Properties

The money will be allocated across 10 different redevelopment projects, more than half of which are in Minneapolis.

Leader Sought For Rochester Econ. Development Agency

The new post at Rochester’s Economic Development Agency will help steer Destination Medical Center planning.

Businesses Seek Revision Of Obamacare’s “30 Hour” Rule

The National Retail Federation and the International Franchise Association are among those urging Congress to change the definition of "full time" to 40 hours a week, rather than 30.

Dayton: $986M Bonding Bill Would Add 27K Jobs

Governor Mark Dayton focused on higher education, Capitol renovations, and clean water investments in his most recent proposal.

Jobless Young People Add $53 To Your Tax Bill, Study Says

A new study suggests that the federal government would recoup billions of dollars if more young people found work; it turns out, however, that Minnesota’s labor force is not to blame.

Lead Vendor Tells Oversight Committee That MNsure Took Control Of Project Last February

MAXIMUS, the lead vendor contracted to build Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, says MNsure officials took over its job in February, according to a report for the Legislature's oversight committee.

Mayor Betsy Hodges Calls Minneapolis To A New Era Of Growth And Greatness

Mayor Betsy Hodges: "In every part of Minneapolis, we must maintain and grow the middle-class backbone of our city."

Debate Over Orchestra Hall Lease Continues

The group Save Our Symphony is urging the city to end its lease with Minnesota Orchestra management; orchestra leaders, however, say they provided sufficient financial information and are in compliance with the lease’s terms.

Senate DFL Caucus Agrees To Pay $100,000 Fine Over Disputed 2012 Campaign Ads

The Senate DFL caucus doesn't have to admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, but DFL leaders said they were glad to put the issue behind them.

Brazil And South Korea Chosen For MN’s New Trade Offices

In addition to the newly announced offices, Minnesota also has plans for a foreign trade office in Germany and has already established an office in China.

Klobuchar Pushes Policies She Says Will Boost Manufacturing

A recent report from Senator Amy Klobuchar and other lawmakers provides advice for increasing U.S. manufacturing production and jobs.

MN CEO Joins Fight Against Ad Tax Code Proposal

A proposal to limit the amount of expenses advertising agencies can deduct in the tax year is facing unprecedented resistance from some of advertising’s biggest players.

MN Gets Dismal Score For Entrepreneur-Friendly Policies

Minnesota was ranked the sixth-worst state for entrepreneur- and small business-friendly tax and regulatory policies.

Could A Lawsuit Sink The $400M Downtown East Plan?

A new lawsuit challenges the city's role in Ryan Companies’ proposed Downtown East project.

Minnesota GOP Headquarters Moving From St. Paul To Minneapolis' Seward Neighborhood

Party Chair Keith Downey says the move across town and demographic sectors was a strategic decision as well a financial one.

As State Reports Surplus, Dayton Wants To Cut Taxes

Governor Mark Dayton said more than $400 million from the budget surplus should be used for business and middle-class tax cuts.

How To Keep Minneapolis-St. Paul Prosperous

For Minneapolis and St. Paul to remain prosperous, we should learn from other cities, like Denver.

State Says New Tax Cut Will Save Businesses $350M

Due to a decline in unemployment insurance, the state recently approved a reduction in related taxes.

Rejection Of Obamacare “Fix” Also Affects Businesses

The governor’s rejection of the president’s proposal may also affect those who have employer-provided insurance plans.

Judge Dismisses Effort To Let Minneapolis Residents Vote On Vikings Stadium

The challenge claimed that under the city charter, voters had to approve any stadium spending over $10 million.

How Minnesota's Lawmakers Spend Leftover Campaign Cash

Representative Michele Bachmann has a stack of cash left in her congressional campaign account, with no obvious expenses left to spend it on.

Will Health Care Reform Deter M&A Activity?

Could the Affordable Care Act lead to a decline of mergers and acquisitions in Minnesota or just a more complex vetting process?

MN Chamber Details Economic Contributions Of Immigrants

The business group released a 60-page report that makes a case for immigration reform.

Turning Minnesota’s Job-Skills Gap Into An Opportunity For Low-Income Families

The International Institute of Minnesota has trained and graduated close to 2,000 nursing assistants over the last two decades.

Paulsen: Will Health-Care Website Be Ready By Nov. 30?

Minnesota set up its own health care exchange, Mnsure, which had early technical problems as well, but has since allowed about 3,800 to begin enrolling in coverage.

2 MN Cities Among Those With Biggest Cuts To State Aid

Rochester and Minneapolis have both lost a large chunk of their local government aid over the last few years, resulting in spending cuts.

Three Minnesota Lawmakers Key Players In Farm Bill Negotiations

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representatives Collin Peterson and Tim Walz are among the 41 lawmakers sitting on the bicameral committee assigned to forge a compromise farm bill before the end of the year.

Capella Looks Beyond Grades To Measure Career Competencies

While the federal government is still in the process of developing a plan to require greater accountability from for-profit colleges, Capella is giving students a new way to judge their employable skills progress.

Tax Unites Medical Device Industry And Minnesota's Lawmakers

The repeal or delay of the medical device tax is a top legislative priority for Representative Erik Paulsen.

Mpls. Gets Green Light To Sue Uptown Building Owner

The city accuses a property owner of illegally discharging water into Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes; the building’s property manager, however, remains hopeful that the parties can come to a “mutually acceptable solution.”

8 Firms Picked To Underwrite Vikings Stadium Funding

Eight financial services firms—led by RBC Capital Markets—were selected to provide underwriting services for the issuance of bonds to finance the new stadium.

Backers Of Immigration Reform Aim To Regain Momentum

Keith Ellison is among those who have vowed to renew focus on the passage of immigration reform.

North Minneapolis Still Struggling To Recover From 2011 Tornado

The process of identifying owners and buying or condemning “eyesore” properties, City Council President Barbara Johnson says, is bureaucratic “paper jungle” that inevitably takes time.

Mpls. Workers Cover More Than Avg. Of Health Care Costs

The Twin Cities was the only major metro in the country to see its health care premium rates decrease in 2013; however its employees are contributing more than average to their plans.

Shutdown’s Over, But Where Is MN’s Employment Data?

The shutdown jeopardized Minnesota's September jobs report; with the impasse ended, however, state officials plan to release labor market stats weeks behind schedule.

Mayor Rybak Calls For Intense Study Of Southwest LRT Options During 90-Day Delay

“If we spend 90 days just thinking about stuff, this will be a failure.”

MN’s White-Collar Salaries Expected To Outpace U.S.

According to staffing firm Robert Half, the technology industry will see the biggest gains in professional salaries, followed by accounting and finance, and creative and marketing jobs.

Dakotas Top MN For 4-Yr. GDP, Population Growth

While Minnesota ranked only 25th based on a combination of its GDP and population growth over the last four years, it appears to be improving.

Is The Medical Device Tax On Life Support?

Minnesota companies are closely watching ongoing deal discussions in Washington, D.C.

Dayton Supports Delay Of SW LRT Decision

Although plan architects approved the routing of the light-rail through tunnels in the Kenilworth corridor, Governor Mark Dayton announced a delay of the approval vote pending further investigations.

Shutdown Hits MN’s American Indians In Different Ways

Tribes such as the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians have missed out on federal dollars, while the Prairie Island Indian Community is concerned about the furloughing of federal nuclear inspectors.

As Economists Issue Dire Warnings, Klobuchar Says Budget Deal Gaining Traction

As for the length of the debt limit increase, Klobuchar said she hopes the deal is for “as long as possible.”

Piper Report: Teens Spending Less On Fashion, More Online

Fashion expenditures account for almost half of a teenager’s budget, and spending is down, but retailers may have more to worry about as the holiday season edges closer and the government remains shut down.

MN Chamber Reiterates Position On Immigration Reform

A Minnesota Chamber of Commerce official, whose organization is part of a coalition that is advocating for immigration reform, said in a recent interview that the future of the state’s labor force relies heavily on immigrants.

Local Union Leader Arrested At Immigration Reform Rally

A Twin Cities union official was arrested along with Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison and other members of Congress.

MN Ranks Near Last For Business Tax Climate

A new study factored in corporate taxes, individual income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, and property taxes when ranking states.

MN Among Least-Affected States During Shutdown

Although a large group of federal employees in Minnesota may be laid off in the coming weeks, a recent report said Minnesota is the fourth-least affected state by the government shutdown.

Mpls. Adds New Rules For Banks Handling Public Dollars

Minneapolis officials recently announced that it has made changes to an ordinance in an effort to increase the transparency of organizations that provide banking services to the city.

Dairy Industry At Odds Over Limits On Milk Production

Minnesota dairy processors are urging senators to oppose a program that could occasionally cap milk production; some dairy farmers, meanwhile, support the initiative.

U Of M Tour Highlights $232 Million In Bonding Bill Requests

The university's requests include classroom, laboratory and infrastructure projects.

Rybak, Mayoral Candidates Set Minneapolis Population Goal Of 500,000 By 2025—But Is That Realistic

The Met Council estimates Minneapolis’ population 27 years from now will reach 487,700.

Shutdown Has Direct, But Limited, Effect On MN

So far, the effect of the government shutdown has primarily been limited to federal workers turned away from their jobs, but if the government stays in the dark much longer, federal funding limitations may broaden the impact.

Minnesota Lawmakers In Reaction Mode On Shutdown Votes

The Jefferson Memorial is seen on Tuesday with its entry closed off due the government shutdown.

MN Ranked 8th-Best State For Business, Up From 20th

Minnesota moved up Forbes’ best business states list, driven largely by its high scores in quality of life measurements.

Mpls Welcomes Yet Another Car-Sharing Service

Rental car giant Enterprise announced that it is expanding its CarShare program to Minneapolis, an increasingly competitive car-sharing market.

Minnesota’s Economy Bouncing Back, But Not For Low-Income And Homeless Residents

The number of meals served at Dorothy Day is up 3 percent this fiscal year compared with 2012.

Mpls. Earns High Marks For Energy Efficiency Efforts

The city fared well in a study that evaluated which actions municipalities are taking to cut energy use in buildings and transportation, among other areas.

Twin Cities Economy Outpacing Most Big Metros

The majority of metropolitan areas throughout the United States saw their economies surge in 2012, with Minneapolis-St. Paul near the front.

Mpls, Wolves Near $100M Target Center Renovation Deal

A planned $100 million renovation of the facility could begin in 2014.

KSTP Poll: 51% Want State Officials To Rework Vikings Stadium Deal

After the poll questions had been asked, a New Jersey judge ruled that the Wilfs' financial information will be made public in their real estate fraud case, although she is allowing them to appeal.

Legislators Agree On Disaster Relief But Disagree On Tax-Repeal Measures

“It was pretty clear that they are not interested in repealing these taxes,” Senate Minority Leader David Hann said shortly after the Senate passed the disaster relief measure 59-0.

Minnesotans Miss Out On Some Federal Tax Breaks

In order to save the state about $300 million over two years, Minnesota’s new tax code will not conform to the federal code—leaving out multiple tax cuts enjoyed in other states.

Dayton Asks Minnesotans How To Improve The Government

Minnesotans have pitched hundreds of ideas for the governor’s so-called “unsession.”

Minneapolis City Council Rejects Dinkytown Development Moratorium

The rejected moratorium came four weeks after the council voted to allow a six-story apartment development project to move forward against the wishes of some residents who campaigned to “Save Dinkytown.”

Lawmakers: $650M Federal Loan Would Harm MN Mining

The U.S. Export-Import Bank is considering funding a loan that would promote the exportation of U.S.-made equipment—but could aid Minnesota companies’ competitors.

GOP Candidates For Governor Tackle Dayton, Heat At State Fair Forum

Aside from campaign volunteers, fewer than a dozen people showed up to listen to the candidates on a steamy Sunday afternoon.

The Fall And (Potential) Rise Of The MN Film Industry

A little too quiet on the set?

Patent Reform: File First, Announce Second

The most dramatic change to U.S. patent law by the America Invents Act may not prove the most significant. But it is the one that requires inventors’ attention—starting today.

B2B Tax Repeals Off The Table During Special Session

State lawmakers could not come to an agreement on the business-to-business tax repeals that should be discussed, so only disaster relief will be dealt with during the special legislative session.

Minneapolis Council Members Unhappy With Southwest LRT Options For Trains, Tunnels

The Metropolitan Council is expected to vote on the transit project configuration—which could add $150 million to $330 million to the cost—on Sept. 25.

Hubbard Backs New Senate Candidate Opposing Franken

Several months after local businessman Michael McFadden announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate, a Duluth attorney has joined the race with the support of Stanley Hubbard.

Mpls. Utility Push Fades But Another City May Replace Xcel

Boulder, Colorado’s City Council voted to approve an ordinance that authorizes the purchase of assets from Xcel Energy.

Minneapolis Mayor Rybak Proposal: Cut Property Taxes By 1% In 2014

Although Mayor Rybak is not seeking re-election in November, he laid out some long-term proposals for Minneapolis in his final budget speech.

State Doles Out $2.8M In Grants To Aid Small Cos.

Eleven different groups that support new businesses will receive between $84,000 and $450,000 in two-year grants.

MN Adds 4,300 Jobs In July, Jobless Rate Unchanged

While Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained unchanged, the state added 4,000 government jobs, an increase that a state official said may have been driven by increased funding.

Despite Signs Of Recovery, Minnesota’s Economy Likely To Be No. 1 Issue In 2014

Many young people in their 20s are still struggling to land jobs, and lots of Minnesotans are scraping by on low-paying, part-time jobs.

Which MN Cities Will Receive The Most Local Gov't Aid?

A new map shows the amount of 2014 Local Government Aid going to cities in Minnesota per capita.

MN Chamber Wants 3 Business Taxes Repealed In Special Session

Chamber President David Olson, in a letter to Mark Dayton, said more repeals are needed.

Don Shelby Will Not Run For Congress

Don Shelby: "Being a loud-mouthed know-it-all would probably not serve the district very well."

Amid Utility Debate, Xcel And Mpls Pledge Collaboration

Xcel said it would explore new energy commitments to help meet the city’s goals; Minneapolis’ mayor responded positively, and it appears a November ballot measure regarding a city-run utility may be off the table.

EPA's Lower Ethanol Mandate May Hit Major MN Industry

Regulators have pledged to lower the level of renewable fuel use that will be required next year.

Crowded Minneapolis Mayoral Ballot Likely To Have At Least 23 Candidates

18 candidates already are vying for the top job at Minneapolis city hall, with more expected to sign on before the filing deadline Tuesday.

Could SW LRT Plan Collapse Like Washington Project?

A Star Tribune story suggests that the demise of a Washington transit project serves as a “cautionary tale” for local planners.

Minneapolis Reverses Course, Opts For Increased Dinkytown Density

The controversial plan to build a 140-unit apartment building on land once occupied by the House of Hanson, Duffy’s Pizza, the Book House and the Podium was approved Friday on a 9-to-4 vote by the Minneapolis City Council.

Xcel Reports Higher Profits; Hearing Held Over City Utility

The Minneapolis City Council met Thursday to discuss forming a city-owned electric utility, but the Xcel Energy CEO is confident the city won’t make the transition.

Moody’s Ups Outlook On MN’s Finances To “Stable”

The credit rating agency also reaffirmed its Aa1 rating for the state’s bonds; it now shares that rating with the City of Minneapolis.

Southwest Light-Rail Costs Climb Even Higher

About a week after the project’s planners raised their cost estimate from $1.25 billion to $1.67 billion, they tacked on another $150 million.

State Officials Request Early Release Of Health Plan Prices

Current state law prohibits the price of a plan from becoming public until its “effective date,” which was originally October 1 for plans included in MNsure.

Immigration Reform: MN's Changing Face Of Labor

Business groups have been qu