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

Obama hails Minneapolis gun efforts; his plans still face a fight

President Obama brought his battle against gun violence to Minneapolis, praising the city for its efforts to reduce youth gunplay to an audience that included survivors of Minnesota gun tragedies.

Updated: February 05, 2013, - 05:51 AM

Dayton hits the stump, championing his budget proposals

Governor staunchly defends what a foe calls "a great deception."

Updated: January 29, 2013, - 11:49 PM

Fractures in DFL ranks showing on Gov. Dayton's tax overhaul

Several DFL legislators were openly skeptical of the proposed $500 property tax rebate and the DFL governor's decision to raise tobacco taxes but not those for alcohol.

Updated: January 29, 2013, - 06:42 AM

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

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