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.

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Nolan and Ellison join local push for higher Minnesota minimum wage

Congressmen Nolan and Ellison said at a discussion in Minneapolis that they support raising the state’s base pay rate to $9.50 by 2015.

Updated: October 14, 2013, - 07:51 PM

State GOP regroups, rebuilds around uncertain national political landscape

Activists work to put debt and scandal in the past, and unify the faithful. “I hope the realization sinks in that we have to compete and get a lot better,” said former state GOP Chairman Pat Shortridge, above, who is critical of the bickering

Updated: October 12, 2013, - 10:44 PM

State warns 104 health department workers of possible furlough

The state employees are paid with federal funds, which are running down during the shutdown. But about 1,200 laid-off Minnesota...

Updated: October 07, 2013, - 09:36 PM

No sign of income tax deal between Minnesota, Wisconsin

The two states have been seeking a new agreement to replace one that ended in 2009, but Minnesota says the...

Updated: October 07, 2013, - 08:49 PM

Minnesota knocks another $636M off debt to schools

Republicans, DFLers rushed to claim credit as a stronger economy and reduced state spending help further trim the $2.8 billion...

Updated: October 01, 2013, - 10:19 AM

Brodkorb settles lawsuit against Minnesota Senate for $30,000

The ex-Senate aide, fired in 2011 after then Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch admitted the two were having an affair, agreed to pay his own legal fees. Taxpayers have already spent more than $300,000 in legal fees defending the Senate.

Updated: September 27, 2013, - 06:17 AM

Minnesota's gay marriage allies are at odds

Minnesotans United PAC’s support for anti-abortion candidates is proving to be divisive with NOW chapter that helped in marriage push.

Updated: September 25, 2013, - 10:42 PM

Political divide emerges on plan to overhaul Minnesota judicial elections

New proposal would end open judicial elections, but give voters a chance to keep or dump judges.

Updated: September 22, 2013, - 09:46 PM

Former Minnesota GOP chairman Tony Sutton declares bankruptcy

Tony and Bridget Sutton say they owe $2.1 million in filing for Chapter 7.

Updated: September 09, 2013, - 06:01 AM

DFL legislative leaders lay out session agenda

State-backed construction projects, amendments and minimum wage are on tap, as Republicans press for tax relief.

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 06:15 PM

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