Hennepin and Ramsey County boards vote to double sales tax

MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley

With CTIB out of the way, this was coming. MPR’s Matt Sepic reports: “County boards on Tuesday doubled their sales tax, creating quarter-cent increases to help pay for public transit projects like a light rail expansion. … Many Twin Cities shoppers can expect to pay a bit more at the cash register this fall. … The Hennepin and Ramsey county boards each doubled their sales tax for public transit on Tuesday. The quarter cent increases are meant to replace state transit funding that the Republican-controlled Legislature declined to appropriate. … In Hennepin County alone, it’s expected to bring in an additional $65 million a year.”

It was a big one. The Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow writes: “Western Minnesota took the brunt of storms that rolled across the state Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, but strong winds also felled trees and power lines in the metro area where Xcel Energy was still working to restore service to customers who lost power Sunday. … Downed power lines blocked a portion of Hwy. 3 from Centennial Drive to Hwy. 50 in Farmington Wednesday morning forcing the Minnesota Department of Transportation to close the highway. Authorities in Carver County also put drivers on detour as downed electrical lines blocked County Road 10 between County Road 30 and Waconia Parkway. … Across the metro about 23,000 Xcel Energy customers were in the dark, with a majority of those in the east metro as of 5:30 a.m. By 8:30 a.m., that number had dropped to about 14,000.”

Certainly a man deserving of such an honor. The Star Tribune’s Beena Raghavendran reports: “Minneapolis’ Ramsey Middle School is no more. In the last hours of the school year, the school board voted to change its name to Justice Page Middle, a success for a student-led name change campaign. … The school’s former namesake, Alexander Ramsey, had a résumé that included stints as the first governor of the Minnesota Territory and the state’s second governor, from 1860 to 1863, a period that included the Dakota War in southern Minnesota and the hanging of 38 Dakota men in the aftermath. Ramsey called for the extermination of the Sioux, now called Dakota. … Alan Page, the man behind the school’s new name, was at the school this morning greeting students. He was Minnesota’s first black justice. He’s also a Vikings Hall of Famer. The Page Education Foundation, which he manages with his wife, has given more than $12 million in scholarships to more than 6,000 students in the past three decades.”

Suit against 3M. Bloomberg’s Tiffany Kary reports: “A stone’s throw from the white sand beaches and posh mansions of one of America’s wealthiest ZIP codes sits a community that homeowners say has been poisoned by polluted drinking water.… Fifteen people in a middle-income neighborhood near an airport in Southampton, New York — seaside playground of the rich and famous — are suing 3M Co. and other makers of a chemical called PFOS that went into a foam used to fight fires on the tarmac. The plaintiffs say they’ve ingested PFOS as well as PFOA, which results when PFOS and other agents in the foam degrade. The airport was designated a Superfund site in September.”

In other news…

Could be cool: “Multinational concert giant Live Nation bringing California-inspired Fillmore venue to Minneapolis” [City Pages]

A bad sign? “Target’s chief spokesperson is leaving the company” [Star Tribune]

Maybe one day he’ll rise again: “Duluth native loses close primary race for Virginia governor” [Duluth News Tribune]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Michael Hess on 06/14/2017 - 04:29 pm.

    Headlines

    The headline of this article caught me by surprise, learning that sales tax was going to double. Turns out it’s just the counties portion of the tax that is doubling, which is a small fraction of the total – I think a more descriptive headline like “double their portion of sales tax” or “taxes to rise 0.25%” or so might have been more on-point.

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