STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER ‘People have a right to expect lower property taxes’
By Don Davis
The future of state aid that many local Minnesota governments depend on may be at stake in the next few weeks as property taxes appeared to be headed up.
By mid-December, city, county and... Posted on 11/25/13 at 9:07 AM
Representatives on Thursday passed a measure telling the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to do a better job of transferring credits among institutions. A day earlier, senators approved a similar bill, but one with more mandates on MnSCU.
Minnesota can do more to build trust with American Indian tribes, said nine Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, starting with respect of tribal sovereignty. The candidates talked about tribal sovereignty, American Indian gaming, the environment, health care and more before about 150 people in traditional Native circles on Thursday night in an American Indian issues forum on the Bemidji State University campus.
Get ready for a Minnesota gubernatorial campaign that ratchets up quickly, with decisive moments and full-blown politicking coming earlier than usual. Thanks to a wide-open race and an accelerated schedule for parties to pick their candidates, voters will see the contest bloom sooner and likely encounter commercials, mail pieces and other appeals by the time summer rolls around.
Many predict that the Minnesota governor candidates in the Legislature, including House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher who more than anyone can affect the tone of the session, will want to get out early and hit the campaign trail. On the other hand, some Capitol insiders claim that the candidates will feel they can get more free publicity by filibustering at the Legislature, so the crowded race actually could prolong the session.
Democratic-Farmer-Laborites at the forum agreed they would raise taxes to fix the state’s budget problem. The difference among them was a matter of degree. There was less difference on the Republican side. GOP candidates agreed that keeping taxes low and reducing regulation are the best ways to bring more jobs to the state, and increasing the number of jobs is the best way to help Minnesotans.
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