In his final budget adjustments, Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday announced he would spend $226 million of the state’s projected $329 million surplus, with an emphasis on school safety and education, transportation infrastructure, expanding broadband and altering taxes to conform to recent changes in federal law.
Dayton’s plan, which he called “almost revenue neutral,” centers on the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and then hinges on many of the governor’s top priorities. “I’m going to warn you in advance,” he said. “This is complicated.”
The governor’s plan includes $20 million in revenue changes – taxes – by reinstating business and industrial property taxes, restoring tobacco and premium cigar taxes, adding new taxes to exempt data centers and ending certain corporate tax reliefs afforded in the federal code. Dayton pitched expanding the Working Family Tax Credit and separating the state income tax system from the federal government’s system by using adjusted gross income instead of federal taxable income – a change that would give 1.9 million Minnesotans an average of $117 in tax relief.
The bill would expand the crimes for which the Department of Public Safety must gather statistical data to include possession of pornographic work involving minors and prohibition of dissemination and display of harmful materials to minors.
Wild rice water quality standards have been in a state of uncertainty since an administrative law judge rejected a new standard proposed by the Pollution Control Agency in January.
Rep. Jim Nash (R-Waconia) wants to make sure technology issues with the state’s new licensing and registration system don’t happen again.
The company in charge of looking over the Shakopee Police Department’s license plate data collection produced a recent report five pages long, plus a four-page appendix. A diffe...
HF2922 would allocate $6.6 million in bond proceeds to construct the Safety and Mental Health Alternative Response Training Center in Inver Grove Heights.
Transportation policy committee approves bills that would designate a memorial stretch of highway, bridge.
HF884 would allow massage therapists to register for the 2 percent MinnesotaCare health provider tax and exempt them from sales tax.
Change is coming to the way lawmakers discover how much potential legislation could cost. Fiscal notes can help shape debates and further inform legislators looking for fina...
A discrepancy in the patient census at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center has raised eyebrows among the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
HF3189 would grant an abatement of the state general property tax and provide a sales tax exemption for medical facilitates in underserved areas.
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