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  • Gas taxes, transportation funding likely to loom large in 2015 session

    Minnesotans once again have divided government, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the relentless barrage of tax hikes has come to an end. The Associated Press reported on the new balance of power at the Capitol: "None of the power players offered much Wednesday about specific policies they'll pursue. Generally, they stressed a need to work out a long-term transportation funding plan to deal with a multibillion-dollar backlog in road and bridge projects." Nonetheless, it is safe to assume that tr...

  • Property tax news

    Local governments across Minnesota have now adopted proposed budgets and tax levies for 2015. Here are some notable developments from around the state: The Cloquet school board approved a 14 percent preliminary tax levy hike for 2015. Major levy increases are nothing new for the district, as they approved a 15.2 percent hike last December.

  • More Obamacare fallout as rates spike for small businesses and MNsure enrollees

    The Star Tribune ran a front-page story this week about small business health premiums spiking as a result of Obamacare’s compliance mandates. The story should come as no surprise to anyone who read the Freedom Foundation’s exclusive report on this very issue last month, which analyzed small group insurance rates for plans that are being forced into compliance with Affordable Care Act mandates. The Freedom Foundation’s analysis found average rate hikes ranging from 37 percent to 52 percent, depe...

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