STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Budget pieces slowly begin moving toward governor's office
By Don Davis
Minnesota legislators have taken baby steps in passing a $38 billion, two-year budget that must be finished by midnight Monday.
The biggest step so far was set to come late Friday or ear... Posted on 5/17/13 at 8:49 PM
SOCIAL SECURITY: INFORMATION & UPDATES Pensions and Social Security, Part 2 - WEP
Continuing the topic of how a pension might affect Social Security benefits, the general rule is that your company pension will not affect your Social Security benefits because most employment is cove... Posted on 4/18/13 at 12:39 PM
REAL MONEY Making the Case against Receiving a Federal Income Tax Refund
Millions of Americans celebrate receiving an income tax refund each year. Many of these same people live each month under the burden of financial hardship, struggling to make ends meet, often falling ... Posted on 3/8/13 at 12:43 PM
STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Making tax decisions less taxing
Growing a crop can be challenging. Marketing a crop can be harder still. Hardest of all, perhaps, is keeping abreast of tax law changes and incorporating those changes into farm management.
That's wh... Posted on 11/7/12 at 11:45 AM
Smokers will provide the backstop to Viking stadium construction funding, the governor and legislative leaders announced Thursday night. Confirming a proposal Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans unveiled earlier in the day on behalf of the governor, the Democratic leaders said they agree on the plan.
Minnesota taxes will rise by more than $2 billion in the next two-year state budget, but who pays how much on what is still being hammered out as the Legislature speeds toward a Monday deadline for the session's adjournment.
Minnesota's cigarette tax is about to go up, but a top lawmaker says the new rate won't be more than Wisconsin's. Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says the final tax could match the $2.52 per pack rate charged in Wisconsin. That's $1.29 more than Minnesota assesses now.
The U.S. Senate is poised for a final vote Monday on a bill that would give states the authority to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on goods shipped to places like North Dakota and Minnesota.
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