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Renters’ Credit should be part of tax plan

When the Legislature comes back into session next week after the Easter/Passover break, we encourage policymakers to focus their final tax bill negotiations on tax policies that create a fairer tax system.

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Budget bills make additional investments in education

A quality educational system plays a critical role in a state’s economic success. For Minnesota to build an economy that works for everyone, all Minnesota children need access to quality education regardless of their race, income or where they live.

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Minimum wage raise is final

It’s official: 325,000 Minnesotans will get a raise. This afternoon, Governor Dayton signed House File 2091, the bill increasing the state minimum wage, into law.

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Health and Human Services supplemental budget bills increase funding for health care workers

The Legislature made important progress in increasing access to health care for Minnesotans last session using limited resources, and the positive balance in the February Forecast has allowed policymakers to propose additional investments in health and hu

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April Economic Update provides a note of caution

The state’s April Economic Update finds that the outlook for the economy is still one of growth, but slower than previously projected, and that recent state revenues have come in a bit below expectations.

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Minimum wage increase close to the finish line

Minnesota legislators agreed yesterday to increase the state’s minimum wage. Working Minnesotans shouldn’t be in poverty, and increasing the minimum wage is an important step toward a future of more broadly shared prosperity. An increase in the minimum wage reaches Minnesota workers who tend to be left behind in our economy, and boosts their purchasing power.

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House tax bill boosts property tax refunds for renters and homeowners

The second major tax bill of the session is moving through the Minnesota House of Representatives this week, and it takes an important step forward for low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

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Keys to a healthy state budget

Minnesota has recently turned the corner from more than a decade of frequent budget deficits to a $1.2 surplus. But unforeseen events and the inevitable ups and downs of the business cycle create volatility in state economies and state budgets.

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Time ticking for health insurance coverage through MNsure

Open enrollment for individuals and families who want to purchase private insurance through MNsure ends March 31. If you want to take advantage of the state’s health insurance exchange, you need to act quickly!
MNsure is Minnesota’s online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for, compare and enroll in insurance. As of January of this year, the federal Affordable Care Act requires nearly all U.S. residents to have health insurance or pay a penalty, and here are two reasons why people should use MNsure to get insured – low premiums and tax credits.

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