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

Hotdish Politics: Minnesota legislator's remark about "gay lifestyle” causes stir

Minnesota Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen caused an outcry on the House floor Monday when he introduced a visiting friend who he...

Updated: March 11, 2013, - 07:36 PM

Dayton retools budget as poll indicates public approval lagging

When Dayton unveils his new budget proposal this week, the plan will lean heavily on a tax hike for the wealthiest 2 percent of Minnesotans and he is strongly considering a significant bump in the tobacco tax, sources say.

Updated: March 10, 2013, - 06:56 AM

Dayton drops much-criticized business tax plan

Fierce opposition – even within DFL – forced governor to retreat.

Updated: March 09, 2013, - 12:02 AM

Minnesota Poll: A majority doesn't want gay marriage

Fifty-three percent of Minnesotans say the state statute banning same-sex unions should stand. Only 38 percent say legislators should overturn the law this year, while 9 percent are undecided.

Updated: March 06, 2013, - 09:50 AM

Minnesota Poll: Most in state want tax hike only on wealthy

49% support tax on clothing costing more than $100; 63% oppose sales tax on business services.

Updated: March 03, 2013, - 07:56 AM

Gay marriage fight begins in Minnesota Legislature

Effort to legalize same-sex marriages faces questions, even from DFLers.

Updated: February 28, 2013, - 06:01 AM

Minnesota legislators brace for more bad budget news Thursday

Slowly improving economy and uncertainty in D.C. won’t ease $1.1 billion hole forecast in November.

Updated: February 26, 2013, - 11:08 PM

Gay-marriage foes vow to 'take out' GOP opponents

National group pledges $500k to defeat GOP legislators who support same-sex marriage.

Updated: February 26, 2013, - 05:38 AM

Feb. 20: GOP Minn. legislator preparing to co-sponsor gay marriage bill

Sen. Branden Petersen would become the first Republican legislator to publicly support same-sex marriage, highlighting the rapidly changing dynamics of the issue at the Capitol.

Updated: February 25, 2013, - 11:06 PM

Hot Dish Politics: Sunday liquor, budget equity

A bid to sell liquor on Sundays is back at the Minnesota Legislature, though its prospects don’t look good.Sen. Roger...

Updated: February 25, 2013, - 09:51 PM

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