The Mayo Clinic is seeking more than $500 million from the state as part of a $6 billion growth plan for the clinic. Part of the funding would be used to make Rochester a more desirable destination. Today’s Question: Is an investment in the Mayo Clinic project a good use of state money?
Archives for January 2013
Estimates suggest that Minnesota misses out on $400 million each year by failing to collect sales taxes on purchases made online, through catalogues or by other means. State officials are considering whether and how to collect some of that money. Today’s Question: Would having to pay sales tax for online purchases change your shopping habits?
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has drafted a set of principles to rewrite the country’s immigration laws. The legislation would cover border security, guest workers and employer verification, and a path to citizenship for the 11 million people already in the country illegally. Today’s Question: What would you change about U.S. immigration laws?
Managers of the Minnesota State Fair have decided to restrict smoking to designated areas of the fairgrounds beginning this year. Under the rules, it will no longer be permissible to smoke while strolling around the fairgrounds or waiting in lines. Today’s Question: Will a smoking ban enhance your enjoyment of the State Fair?
Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday unveiled a budget plan that calls for lower sales taxes on a wider range of goods and services, higher cigarette taxes and higher income taxes on Minnesota’s top earners. His plan also calls for higher spending, with much of the increase going to education. Today’s Question: What do you think of Read more →
In a recent op-ed piece, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., argued that the United States needs to change its policy regarding the use of drones. Ellison says strikes by the unmanned aircraft undermine U.S. standing around the world and may be killing more innocent civilians than the United States has acknowledged. Today’s Question: What rules should Read more →