As local elected officials prepare their 2012 budgets, they’re feeling the aftermath of a property tax law change by state lawmakers. In order to save about $500 million toward solving a $5 billion state budget deficit, lawmakers killed off the market value homestead credit (MVHC), which had been a product of 2001 property tax reform legislation passed during Gov. Jesse Ventura’s administration.
In 2002, Minneapolis received $112 million in local government aid from the state. The following year the state’s largest city was slated to receive $118 million but ultimately saw that sum cut to $92 million.
by Briana Bierschbach and Steve Perry
Published: July 15, 2011
Tags: Alice Hausman, Amy Koch, budget, Keith Downey, Kurt Zellers, Linda Runbeck, Mark Dayton, Michael Beard, Mindy Greiling, Morrie Lanning, Paul Thissen, Ryan Winkler, shutdown, Tom Bakk
The agreed-upon "framework" is based on an approximately $35.5 billion spending offer GOP leaders presented to Dayton on the eve of the shutdown, which the governor re-presented to them — with added conditions — on Thursday. But there remain many questions about the particulars of the agreement.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: June 3, 2011
Tags: Al Juhnke, Ann Lynch, Carla Nelson, David Bly, Diane Anderson, Don Betzold, Doug Wardlow, Erin Murphy, Jerry Newton, Jim Carlson, Julie Bunn, Kelby Woodard, Linda Runbeck, Lisa Fobbe, Mark Dayton, Mary Olson, Mike Maguire, Mike Obermueller, Patti Fritz, Paul Gardner, Robin Brown, Sandra Masin, Sandy Rummel, Sharon Erickson Ropes, Sondra Erickson, Ted Daley, Will Morgan
For former DFL Sen. Jim Carlson, it was a matter of a little reflection and time to “lick my wounds” before he knew he was ready to run again for the state Senate. Carlson, who served one term in the chamber, was ousted last fall by Republican newcomer Ted Daley as part of a massive GOP wave that saw the party take control of both the House and Senate for the first time in nearly four decades.
by Briana Bierschbach
Published: May 18, 2011
Tags: Amy Koch, Dan Dorman, Debra Kiel, Doug Magnus, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Greg Davids, Jeremy Miller, John Carlson, Linda Runbeck, Morrie Lanning, Rich Murray, Rod Hamilton, Tim Flaherty
With just days left before the adjournment of the 2011 regular session, eight Chamber of Commerce leaders from greater Minnesota came to the Capitol Monday to blast the Republican Legislature’s budget proposals.
The Republicans have a problem: In promising to shrink government they assume that private markets will step up and provide all the goods and services — including public goods — that we need.
Part of Republican Rep. Linda Runbeck's pitch to voters on the campaign trail last fall concerned the urgent need she saw for business tax relief across the state. Now the House Property Taxes chairwoman from Circle Pines is back at the Legislature after more than a decade away, and she is aiming to get rid of programs that cropped up in her absence that, in her view, conflict with that promise.
When Senate Republican Taxes Chairwoman Julianne Ortman rolled out her omnibus tax package last week, Capitol watchers were struck by the many differences between her strategy and that of her House counterpart, GOP Rep. Greg Davids.
The GOP's proposed overhaul of local government aid has the potential to splinter the state's mayors - and unite the GOP caucus
During a stop at the Capitol following Gov. Mark Dayton's budget rollout, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak paused to ruminate about one unintended consequence of the budget battles waged through the years by the administration of Gov. Tim Pawlenty. According to Rybak, Pawlenty's habit of taking the unallotment cleaver to local government aid programs built deep bonds between affected city officials around Minnesota.