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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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

Minnesota alcohol tax hike proposal stirs state

Brewer says a higher tax would hit hard; legislators say it’ll barely be felt.

Updated: April 20, 2013, - 10:50 PM

April 16: House DFL goes after drinkers, smokers, high earners

In DFL plan, money raised from the wealthy, smokers and drinkers is used to repay schools, for property tax relief...

Updated: April 20, 2013, - 10:49 PM

Gov. Dayton leads the call at Capitol to legalize same-sex marriage

Rally in sleet and cold aims to persuade undecided legislators.

Updated: April 18, 2013, - 09:55 PM

Drugmaker Baxter International has big plans for Brooklyn Park plant

Baxter International is seeking subsidies for $300 million renovation in Brooklyn Park.

Updated: April 17, 2013, - 05:40 AM

DFL still a long way from deal on budget

DFL legislative leaders are trying to convey a sense of calm and harmony, but beneath the surface they are scrambling to piece together a budget deal.

Updated: April 14, 2013, - 07:55 PM

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