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

Key issues stall in Minnesota Legislature

While they are in firm control of the House, the Senate and the governor’s office, DFLers have not agreed on the two major issues hanging over the Capitol — the minimum-wage hike and the proposed Senate office building.

Updated: March 30, 2014, - 11:59 AM

GOP hopefuls find traction with Senate building

Five who are running for governor made a rare joint appearance to criticize a proposed Senate building.

Updated: March 27, 2014, - 11:26 PM

Medical marijuana advocates bash Dayton's stance

Backers press for legalization, saying suffering patients shouldn’t have to wait for a proposed $2 million study.

Updated: March 26, 2014, - 10:54 PM

DFL House leaders want targeted property tax relief

House committees want property tax relief to help homeowners, farmers, renters and businesses.

Updated: March 26, 2014, - 08:59 PM

Minnesota legislators weigh Super Bowl tax breaks

A tax relief package designed to lure the Super Bowl to Minneapolis is running up against the limits of bipartisan zeal for cutting taxes at the Capitol this year.

Updated: March 24, 2014, - 07:38 AM

Dayton signs $444M in tax relief; more than a million to see breaks

Bill also bolsters rainy day fund, kills some business taxes

Updated: March 22, 2014, - 06:02 AM

GOP senators refuse to be rushed on sweeping tax-relief measure

Gov. Mark Dayton, DFLers criticized the Republican holdouts for delaying the time-sensitive bill.

Updated: March 20, 2014, - 09:52 PM

Franken wants free school lunch for more low-income students

Even as Minnesota legislators vote to provide more state aid, the senator vows to ask federal taxpayers to pick up the tab for reduced-priced school meals.

Updated: March 20, 2014, - 02:15 PM

Using surplus, DFL, GOP jockey to be tax-cut heroes

Racing an April 15 target, both sides pile onto the relief bandwagon to repeal or cut taxes and take advantage...

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 10:44 PM

Dayton blasts DFL senators for slow approval of tax relief

Dayton said Senate leaders were holding hostage a middle-class tax-relief package until they get a new multimillion-dollar office building.

Updated: March 19, 2014, - 08:53 AM

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