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

Gov. Dayton eyes tax cuts with projected $1 billion state surplus

Under the latest revenue forecast, the state could repay the last of its debt to schools and still have $825 million left for tax breaks, more spending or other needs just as Dayton and legislators head into an election year.

Updated: December 06, 2013, - 06:48 AM

Minnesota's economic outlook will ratchet up the political rhetoric

The road to recovery has been long, slow and at times uncertain. A deeper look shows that even as both sides work to tie their ideologies to the upswing.

Updated: December 04, 2013, - 09:22 PM

State boards and commissions face new scrutiny

Minnesota spends $160 million a year on more than 160 commissions and boards. Some exist in name only.

Updated: December 02, 2013, - 10:42 AM

Dayton: Minnesota Board of Nursing 'asleep at the switch'

The governor said that the Nursing Board staff’s statements at a legislative hearing last week that it needed more authority were “finger-pointing” and “very difficult to believe.”

Updated: November 19, 2013, - 06:31 AM

Next act for Gov. Mark Dayton centers on reform

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton is plotting what could become the biggest streamlining of state government in decades as he pivots into the last year of his first term and prepares to face voters for re-election. He wants to declutter state processes and eliminate outdated laws.

Updated: November 17, 2013, - 06:10 AM

Minnesota Hot Dish Politics: State gets better at collecting unpaid taxes

A word of caution to consumers who are behind on paying their state taxes — the Minnesota Department of Revenue...

Updated: November 10, 2013, - 12:13 AM

Some rich donors turn from Archbishop Nienstedt

Several significant donors to the Catholic Church and Catholic causes say they no longer support Archbishop John Nienstedt and will stop giving money to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis until it has a new leader.

Updated: November 07, 2013, - 12:20 PM

Taxpayers to pay $60K in legal fees for failed child-care unionization effort

Governor’s staff negotiates the settlement down in home child-care unionization suit.

Updated: October 29, 2013, - 10:15 PM

McDonough now entangled in priest sex abuse cases

Revered for work with poor, the Rev. Kevin McDonough, former vicar general of the archdiocese, is accused of protecting abusers.

Updated: October 27, 2013, - 09:08 AM

Oct. 22: North St. Paul pastor seeks leadership 'do-over'

The Rev. Bill Deziel, who heads the 6,000-member Church of St. Peter, used his church’s Sunday bulletin to publicly question whether Archbishop John Nienstedt should continue in his post amid a widening priest sex abuse scandal.

Updated: October 23, 2013, - 02:38 PM

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