“Here in Minnesota, when we talk about freedom, we talk about having your children be free to go to school without worrying about being shot dead in their schools,” Walz said during his State of the State speech.
The House tax bill released Monday represents House Democrats’ view that wealthy individuals and corporations don’t pay their fair share and that any tax relief should be aimed at those at the lowest incomes.
Democrats in control of all three branches of government have plenty of unanswered questions left to address, starting with the Big One: how, exactly, they plan to spend a Paul Bunyan-sized $17.5 billion surplus.
The program would put Minnesota in league with 11 other states that have pioneered the coverage. It is important to the DFL majorities in the House and Senate, as indicated by the bill numbers assigned — Senate File 2 and House File 2. Only the bill codifying abortion rights received a lower number.
Such rideshare and delivery fees are among a series of taxes moving through the House Transportation Committee to supplement traditional sources of money that pay for roads: gasoline taxes, tab fees, sales taxes on car parts and special transportation sales taxes.
The report by the Office of the Legislative Auditor found the Metropolitan Council committed itself to spending money it did not have, added or changed substantial work after the project was bid, and was not fully transparent.
The bill would broaden the number of local governments that could adopt the system and then create a task force with the aim of crafting a plan to elect partisan state and federal officials via ranked choice voting.
It can’t come soon enough for businesses making and selling low-potency hemp-derived edibles and beverages boosted by last year’s legalization. Many in the industry are spooked by how the bills so far treat their businesses.
Initially meant to hold accountable all people involved in a murder even if they didn’t carry out the act, the rule has long been used to capture people on the periphery of crimes. Those caught are disproportionately young and people of color.
It would update decades-old rules that required lobbyists to disclose how much they spent on phones and postage but did not require them to disclose many details about which issues they were trying to influence.
Neither party changed its rhetoric in reaction to the historic surplus. DFL Gov. Tim Walz called for investing in programs that help families and to provide one-time checks to middle and low-income residents. Republicans want tax cuts.