For some Minnesotans, property taxes are headed down

“Down,” you say? Stribber Baird Helgeson writes, “Minnesota property taxes will go down about $49 million for residents who qualify for state aids and credits this year, according to a new report. The report by a nonpartisan legislative office shows that property taxes would have risen $124 million without aids and credits, but new property tax and renters’ credits will more than offset the increases. … Republicans say taxes are going up for everyone, despite DFLers’ sending millions to local governments in an effort to drive down property taxes.” But will they go down for the job creators?

Here’s $130 million they don’t spend in Florida. Beena Raghavendran of the Strib says, “The Minnesota Department of Transportation shelled out its highest snow and ice removal cost in recent history: $130.1 million this winter. That’s an $18 million jump from its 2012-2013 cost of $112.3 million. For the past 11 years, the state’s average removal cost was about $84 million, rising and dipping based on the weather.”

Political fund-raising reports came out yesterday. The AP story says, “In the northeast, Republican Stewart Mills says he raised $338,000 and loaned his campaign a substantial amount. The executive in a family retail business is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan. The incumbent raised $285,000 last quarter. Despite being outraised, Nolan maintains a $150,000 edge in the amount of campaign dollars banked.”

It’s budget-cutting time (again) in St. Paul. Says Frederick Melo of the PiPress, “From Public Works to Parks and Recreation, leaders of St. Paul’s 17 city departments have been asked to reduce spending on goods and services by a combined $2 million next year. The goal is to make headway on a projected 2015 budget gap of nearly $10 million — the all-too-familiar gulf between the city’s forecasted revenues and expenses. It’s a gulf that signals the beginning of negotiations between the mayor’s office, the city council, and the city’s major labor unions and department heads.”

Also from Melo: “Retailers, apartments and some form of entertainment could draw some activity to the underused plot of land in front of the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. That, at least, is the hope of St. Paul city officials, who have issued a request for proposals seeking developers for the 2.38-acre site. The city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority hopes to turn the Seven Corners Gateway into a link to both downtown proper and the West Seventh Street commercial corridor.”

In the grand tradition of alternative weeklies City Pages and Jesse Marx take much more blunt approach than the mainstream newsrooms to the story of Archdiocese whistleblower Jennifer Haselberger. In their story on the release of her affidavit, Marx says, “It is the closest look yet at the inner workings of the archdiocese and portrays a devout Catholic who for seven years was ignored, marginalized and bullied for trying to warn her superiors about sexually deviant men. The consequence of [Kevin] McDonough’s see-no-evil attitude could be found everywhere in the archdiocese. Consider the monitoring program of credibly accused priests, which ran primarily on the principle of self-policing.”

The GleanNot sure if this will be as entertaining as Jesse’s defamation suit, but … . ESPN’s Ben Goessling reports, “The lawyer for former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said Kluwe plans to sue the Vikings for their refusal to release the results of a six-month independent investigation into Kluwe’s claims that special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer made homophobic remarks during the 2012 season. Both the Vikings and the attorneys conducting the investigation released statements Tuesday saying they never told Clayton Halunen, Kluwe’s attorney, that they would not release the findings of the report to Kluwe or the public … . In a news conference Tuesday morning, Halunen and Kluwe claimed they have learned the report will corroborate Kluwe’s initial allegations.”

If you create a big stage everyone will try get in the spotlight. Dee DePass of the Strib reports, “An environmental group that has a growing beef with 3M about its sustainability practices picked the All-Star Game on Tuesday to lodge its latest grievance against the company. California-based Forest­Ethics hired an aviation firm to fly an airplane over Target Field and downtown Minneapolis with a banner that read ‘3M do the right thing for forests’ as part of a protest against 3M’s supply relationships with companies that allegedly harm forests.”

That SWAT team action last week where they gunned down two dogs, confiscated some paraphernalia … and arrested no one? Well, says, Mara Gottfried in the PiPress, “The St. Paul home where police fatally shot two dogs last week was the subject of a ‘no knock’ search warrant because Minneapolis police had information that a resident was involved in drug dealing, carried a semi-automatic handgun and has a violent criminal history,’ according to an affidavit made available by the court Tuesday. … [Larry] Arman … said he doesn’t touch guns because of his felony record and questioned the informant’s account that he carries a gun, ‘Why wasn’t one found when police tore up every inch of my house?’

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 07/19/2014 - 12:06 am.

    Really?

    “Minnesota property taxes will go down about $49 million for residents who qualify for state aids and credits this year”

    And how many people is that?

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