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

Amy Koch: Affair gave GOP foes an opportunity

Ex-Senate leader accuses some of her most trusted allies of back-stabbing, lies.

Updated: January 26, 2013, - 10:09 PM

Sales tax on clothes likely target for Dayton

The governor has kept his budget proposal a secret, but likely targets for new or increased sales taxes include cigarettes, some consumer services and perhaps the most politically vexing target -- a first-ever tax on clothing.

Updated: January 20, 2013, - 08:57 AM

Minnesota's marriage showdown takes shape at Capitol

Same-sex marriage supporters are preparing to roll out House and Senate proposals as early as February. Opponents stand ready to resist.

Updated: January 15, 2013, - 11:03 PM

Legislators want U report on administrative costs

After critical coverage, DFL seeks analysis of U staffing levels.

Updated: January 10, 2013, - 10:45 PM

DFL legislators focus on finances

Balanced budget, funding for education among priorities.

Updated: January 09, 2013, - 09:53 PM

Minn. Legislature opens with pledges and a little pushback

New DFL leaders laid out agenda to start new era at State Capitol.

Updated: January 09, 2013, - 09:51 AM

Sunday: Dayton faces opportunity, peril in coming year

As state lawmakers convene Tuesday, the governor must begin to weigh requests from powerful allies against his guiding focus: Restoring budget stability.

Updated: January 08, 2013, - 06:27 AM

Minnesota's marriage fight will flare anew at Capitol

This time, the push to legalize gay marriage will be the focus.

Updated: December 21, 2012, - 07:36 AM

Franson proposes bill to block union efforts

State Rep. Mary Franson is trying to head off new unionization efforts with a proposal to block groups from forcing independent contractors to join a union.

Updated: December 20, 2012, - 11:33 AM

Franken sees a short-term deal to end budget crisis

The Democratic senator said he is open to finding more efficiencies in government entitlement programs.

Updated: December 14, 2012, - 10:56 PM

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