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

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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