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Dayton Bid for Minnesota Tax Overhaul is No Easy Sell

Minnesota's tax code brims with contradictions, carve-outs and just plain confusion. At least that's how governor after governor has viewed it as he's tried to convince the Legislature and the public that the system is ripe for a remake.

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Old Budget Ghosts Will Hang OVer new Minnesota Debate that Opens Tuesday

For eight of the past 11 years, deficits riddled Minnesota's budget and lawmakers responded with spending cuts, fee hikes, drawn-down reserves and other Scotch-tape solutions that momentarily balanced the books.

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Stearns 2013 Levy Down 1%

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners have set the preliminary budget and levy for 2013. But, the levy will be less than what was proposed.

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Sherburne County to Approve 2013 Budget/Levy

Sherburne County is expected to pass a 2013 budget and levy which will keep taxes flat and reduce spending.

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Stearns County Considers 2013 Budget/Levy

Stearns County residents would likely see a decrease in the county portion of their taxes in 2013 despite a proposed increase in the budget for next year.

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Kleis Presents Preliminary Budget and Levy for 2013

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis has presented the city council with the 2013 preliminary budget and levy Monday night. He's proposing freezing the tax levy, but spending less.

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St. Joseph City Council Approves Increased Preliminary Budget [AUDIO]

The St. Joseph City Council approved increases in the preliminary budget and levy for 2012 in last night's city council meeting.

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Shutdown Worries Prompt Emergency Meeting At MnSCU

The trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have called an emergency meeting to consider the implications of a state government shutdown. The trustees are scheduled to meet Wednesday morning.

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MN Budget Talks Resume, But No Movement On K-12 Spending

Lead Republican lawmakers for a schools
spending bill say they're disappointed Gov. Mark Dayton didn't meet
with them on Monday.Instead they met with members of Dayton's administration in the first of a series of budget talks proposed by GOP leaders.

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Dayton, Republicans Agree To Keep Trying On Budget

Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders say they've agreed to a series of budget talks starting next week. But the Democratic governor says the meetings will be "just for show" unless they agree on the amount of money the state will spend in the upcoming two-year budget.

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