In some northern Minnesota counties Social Security checks account for more than 10 percent of the total personal income.
Archives for October 2011
MPR News launches “Forced to Choose,” a reporting project exploring how Minnesota communities are coping with an austerity putting pressure on taxes and budgets.
A new Ground Level project, “Force to Choose” explores the tough choices communities are making in the face of shrinking budgets.
A new survey by Connect Minnesota shows that 28 percent of Minnesota households do not have high-speed Internet access at home. The biggest reason cited was lack of relevance.
Minneapolis property taxes look like they will rise slightly in 2012, according to preliminary figures from Hennepin County tax officials. The tax on a median value home is set to rise $34. That is less than the expected increase on a similar St. Paul home.
Business property taxes are going up more than residential taxes, a sampling from a dozen Minnesota cities shows. The numbers are one facet of a question that a special MPR News project called “Forced to Choose” is exploring this fall.
St. Peter will hold its levy flat in order to show that the legislature, by a change in law, raised taxes on local taxpayers.
We asked our seven Ground Level water panel members to tell us why they got involved in local clean-water issues. Read what they said and “weigh in” with your own answer.
Low value homes in St. Paul will see their property taxes drop a little but owners of median value and higher homes could see increases next year of close to 10 percent.
Planner, engineer and writer Chuck Marohn issues a call for local governments to realize their growth is unsustainable and they need to find a new way to think about the future.