Shrimp Incentives move closer to reality

A proposal to entice shrimp producers to Minnesota passed its second legislative committee. The bill would provide an incentive on a per pound basis to companies looking to produce shrimp in Minnesota. While the concept is unique considering Minnesota’s climate, it has the potential to create jobs and bring millions of dollars into Minnesota’s economy. […] Read more

Bonding bill heads to Senate floor for a vote

A $1.65 billion bonding proposal passed the Finance Committee on a divided voice vote and was sent to the Senate floor for a vote. Some members have strong reservations with the current bonding bill because it doesn’t account for important projects and/or politicizes the funding for highway projects. Regardless, a bonding bill must originate in […] Read more

International Women’s Day in Minnesota

In another powerful show of solidarity, thousands of women dressed in red poured into the Minnesota State Capitol this week in honor of International Women’s Day. Organizers say the day was in conjunction with the Women’s March Minnesota. Women, and the men who support them, carried signs – many saying ERA in honor of the […] Read more

Bottoms up — Sunday liquor sales signed into law

Liquor stores, if they choose to do so, will be open for the first time in history on Sunday, July 2 after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law ending the ban. The new law allows liquor stores to be open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. However, cities may pass an […] Read more

Senator Schoen Bill Expands Military Service Income Tax Credit Expansion

ST. PAUL, Minn – State Senator Dan Schoen’s legislation to increase the income phase out for the Past Military Service income tax was heard in the Senate Veterans Committee today. The legislation increases the tax credit from $30,000 to $50,000, and increases the maximum credit from $750 to $1,000. The credit is available to those […] Read more

Budget surplus announced

The February forecast is projecting an increase of $250 million since November’s projections, resulting in a $1.65 billion surplus. With the February forecast figures, the Legislature can begin making spending and tax decisions for the biennium. In the coming weeks, the House and Senate leadership will release budget targets for each committee to use to […] Read more