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Blue states jumped on tax-cut bandwagon in 2014

By   /  December 18, 2014  /  Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, National, New York, News, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Taxes, Uncategorized, Virginia, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

BLUE TO RED: New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for $2 billion in tax relief for property and business owners last January. Then again, it was an election year.

By Kenric Ward |
With Wisconsin leading the way, 14 states enacted “significant, broad-based tax cuts” in 2014, according to a report released Wednesday.
Surprisingly, several states controlled by Democrats made the American Legislative Exchange Council list. Then again, 2014 was an election year.
The blue states that made the cut were:
Minnesota: The Democratic stronghold “bowed to economic […]

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‘Free’ stimulus broadband project costs MN taxpayers millions

By   /  December 17, 2014  /  Federal Government, Minnesota, News, Stimulus, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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“Get connected, stay connected, live connected.”

That marketing tagline sums up how Lake County officials manage to keep one of the most expensive federal stimulus broadband projects in the country alive.

The costs of the Lake Connections fiber optic network project in the vast northern Minnesota wilderness continue to increase, and local taxpayers are now footing part of the ever-growing bill.

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Timeout! Minnesota city passes moratorium on solar craze

By   /  December 15, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Local Government, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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The future is bright for solar power in Minnesota, thanks to a slew of subsidies toward requiring big utilities to generate 1.5 percent of their power from solar by 2020.

Despite a rush by some cities to get on the bandwagon, Monticello was the first municipality in the state to impose at least a temporary moratorium prohibiting installations to generate solar power.

“Given this emerging technology, it would be wise for the city to be proactive and take the opportunity to understand this issue for development and for regulations,” said Angela Schumann, Monticello community development director in recommending the moratorium to the City Council on Nov. 24.

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Blowback! Minnesota wind developer takes on opponents’ ‘vendetta’

By   /  December 8, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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The developers of a proposed 10-turbine wind farm under fire from dozens of residents denied alleged permit violations, while reaffirming plans to proceed with the controversial project, in newly filed documents with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

Indiana-based WESCO Wind blamed bad weather and opponents’ pressure to study the Sibley Wind Substation’s potentially lethal impact on eagles and bats for construction delays in a project on the drawing board since 2005.

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Property tax levies climb despite increased state aid

By   /  December 4, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, Legislature, Local Government, Minnesota, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Minnesota legislators boosted the local government aid program for cities by $80 million in 2013 and sold it as a slam dunk toward lowering property tax levies.

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Are some Minnesota schools out to lunch over GMOs?

By   /  December 2, 2014  /  Economy, Education, Energy and Environment, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

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Just when the backlash over first lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch menu leveled off, students in a handful of Twin Cities schools got a taste of what could be another controversial food fad.

The main course? Non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) meals.

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