Baird Helgeson

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5044
Baird Helgeson covers all aspects of Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies.

Recent content from Baird Helgeson

No. 9: Minnesota House approves gay marriage bill

The measure passed with resounding DFL support and votes from four Republicans. The measure now goes to the Senate on Monday.

Updated: May 11, 2013, - 12:11 PM

Dayton working on new Vikings stadium funding plan

Dayton, legislative leaders target tax loopholes but not new casinos.

Updated: May 09, 2013, - 06:11 AM

Minnesota House set to vote on same-sex marriage today

Advocates on both sides continued to press legislators in preparation for Thursday’s vote.

Updated: May 09, 2013, - 05:50 AM

Minnesota same-sex marriage vote nears the finish line

The simmering fight over same-sex marriage spilled into the open Monday, as both sides erupted in a final, frantic push on an issue that has divided the State Capitol for months.

Updated: May 06, 2013, - 11:30 PM

Tom Bakk standing firm on clothing tax as state budget solution

But Bakk’s soaring political currency took a body blow this week when the DFL-controlled Senate got caught by some shrewd, last-minute GOP vote-flipping and failed by a slim margin to pass its own tax bill.

Updated: May 04, 2013, - 06:02 AM

Dayton lobbies legislators for same-sex marriage

Pressure comes ahead of House and Senate votes, expected soon.

Updated: May 01, 2013, - 08:56 PM

It takes 2 votes, but Minnesota Senate approves $1.8B tax bill

The DFL-led proposal would lower the sales tax rate to 6 percent from 6.875. But the state would broaden the sales tax to include a first-ever tax on clothing, auto repair, dating services and haircuts.

Updated: April 29, 2013, - 10:25 PM

Dayton draws line on scope of tax hikes in Minnesota

The governor says he will reject any plan that raises overall taxes on the middle class.

Updated: April 29, 2013, - 06:08 AM

House wraps $338 million for Mayo Clinic into tax proposal

The $2.6 billion tax measurem approved on a 69-64 vote, raises taxes on smokers and drinkers to balance the budget. The Senate continues to debate a significantly different tax plan.

Updated: April 25, 2013, - 06:24 AM

Minnesotans could face tax on clothing, tattoos, dating services

Senate plan breaks with Dayton and looks to also target tobacco, clothing, not alcohol.

Updated: April 24, 2013, - 12:04 PM

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