Baird Helgeson

Team leader | Minneapolis
Phone: 612-673-7193
Baird Helgeson leads a team of reporters who cover the city of Minneapolis. Previously, he was a reporter who wrote about Minnesota politics, the state budget, the administration and state agencies for the Star Tribune.

Recent content from Baird Helgeson

Senate DFLers revive sales tax on clothing, over-the-counter drugs

Proposals abandoned by Gov. Dayton find new life in the Senate DFL’s tax overhaul plan.

Updated: April 12, 2013, - 12:20 PM

4 Minnesota political parties call for gay marriage

Some Minnesota political party leaders are turning up pressure on legislators to legalize same-sex marriage in the state this year.“This...

Updated: April 10, 2013, - 08:23 PM

Minnesotans wrestle with gay marriage at Capitol, around state

As legislators decide on legalizing gay marriage, they listen intently to voters’ voices.

Updated: April 07, 2013, - 06:15 AM

Dayton says gambling regulators failed to make data sources clear

His administration says transparency was lacking in projections of e-pulltab revenues.

Updated: March 25, 2013, - 08:22 PM

Dayton takes his tax and spending proposals on the road

He told a friendly, feisty Duluth crowd that raising taxes on high earners and smokers makes sense. But other DFLers have other ideas.

Updated: March 21, 2013, - 05:35 AM

Minnesota House DFLers want temporary tax hike to repay schools

Their proposal would use the money taken from top 1 percent — those netting more than $500,000 — to repay...

Updated: March 19, 2013, - 11:59 PM

March 16, 2013: Tina Smith: Bridge-builder with a hammer

Tina Smith, “every Republican’s favorite Democrat,” moves easily among business leaders and DFL elite.

Updated: March 16, 2013, - 07:26 AM

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

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