I’ve never had that much difficulty figuring my own taxes and it’s getting easier all the time, especially with those commercial online tax-filing programs that do a pretty decent job of step-by-step calculation. Except when they make mistakes, as my private-sector preparer did this year in its software for my Minnesota income tax. The state and the preparer got together and fixed that minor glitch within days of its discovery. As u... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT At the commencement ceremony last week for some 1,200 proud young scientists and engineers graduating from the University of Minnesota, several speakers reminded us that from these ranks in previous years came the job-producing creativity that helped nurture Medtronic, Cray Research, 3M, and Cargill, as well as life-enhancing innovations in agriculture, medicine and technology. Over the same weekend, as ou... Read More
BRAINERD DISPATCH The U.S. health care system is broken and the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA- Obamacare) does little to fix it. It was a significant political victory but only a small health care victory. Driven by rising health policy premiums, Minnesota residents now rank second in the country in selection of high deductible health care policies (up to $30,000) in attempts to keep annual premiums affordable. The dominant employer-based hea... Read More
ST. PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Gov. Dayton’s “Plan A” for a 21st-century tax overhaul was ambitious and rather breathtaking. And that rushing wind we’ve been hearing for two weeks is actually a long, relieved, collective exhale. Just about everybody’s breathing easier since he announced a reset of his tax-and-budget proposal. Although Dayton has revamped his plan to alleviate chronic revenue shortages and t... Read More
ST PAUL LEGAL LEDGER CAPITOL REPORT Whether to strive for a monumentally historic session or simply a politically safe product — whether to reach for brass rings or get down to a few brass tacks — is the big strategic choice facing Gov. Dayton and the 2013 Legislature. In my last Capitol Report column, I offered some cheap advice, based on 40 years of Legislature-watching, urging that long-term goals (brass rings) be establishe... Read More
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