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"We are the canaries in the coal mine."
Farmers and ethanol producers in Minnesota say the waiver controversy is the latest battle in a long-running war for sales and market share.
Minnesotans who've avoided paying state sales taxes on online and other kinds of remote purchases could soon see those taxes added to their bills, depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a widely watched case that will be argued this week.
It came less than a week after a public records watchdog group revealed that he had contributed $25,000 in 2016 to a group that mounted an anti-Muslim social media campaign.
Brad Anderson says he didn't know Secure America Now was involved in the ads. His $25,000 donation was meant as support for Israel, he says.
Minnesota is the nation's third largest producer of soybeans. The crop accounts for 30 percent of the state's agricultural exports. The state shipped more than $2 billion worth of soybeans abroad in 2016. More than half went to China.
Companies are withholding judgment until they see how the dispute plays out. But pork, corn, soybeans and other meats and commodities in Minnesota's critical agricultural sector could soon be harder to sell abroad.
China's retaliatory moves to penalize pork, ethanol will have outsized impact in the state.
Minnesota-based businesses worry over cost increases for consumers.
The Minnesota Democrat is part of a Senate effort to try to save hundreds of thousands of retired U.S. workers from catastrophic cuts in income.
Trump's tariffs take effect in less than two weeks, and farmers have no quick fixes.
The breath of President Donald Trump’s plan to put tariffs on steel and aluminum has been a problem for some Republicans in Congress, including GOP…
Tax on foreign profits could deliver a windfall to state, but firms are pushing back.
Proposal allowing firms to summarize malfunctions reignites safety debate.
Justice Department says bank missed suspicious transactions from 2009 to 2014.
Trump administration pitches zeroing out federal heating assistance, used by 126,000 Minnesota households.
The former governor and his allies have been reaching out to donors, trying to gauge support for a possible run for a third term in his old job.
State leaders say Dreamers make major contributions.
Plaintiffs allege Medtronic paid doctors to conceal problems; company vows to fight case.
Solar-industry firms in Minnesota see Trump's decision costing jobs.
Smith, other lawmakers from state express frustration.
Rider on must-pass bill means firms won't have to disclose donations.
Unless Congress acts, the ACA measure will return this month after a reprieve.
As Trump's disparagement of free trade agreements pushes America away from multicountry pacts, Cargill, one of the world's largest private companies, is pushing back.
The state's businesses stand to get large tax cuts, while limits on deductions for state and local taxes could pinch individuals and families who itemize.
The device maker continues to deny allegations made by states, which include using misleading data to drive Infuse sales.
His bill in the House would put off collections for another five years.
As the U.S. Senate and House resolve different plans to cut taxes for American corporations and businesses, the repeal of the medical device tax is missing from the discussion.
No big metro area in the country has a lower jobless rate than the Twin Cities, which reported 2.3 percent unemployment, tied with Nashville.
Critics say Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has overreached, but supporters fear loss of independent advocate against fraud.
Anyone looking at tax reform now knows that Republican majorities in the House and Senate plan to spark economic growth by cutting the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. What they may not grasp is how much this strategy depends on coaxing corporations to change course on tax havens.
Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her without her consent during a USO tour in 2006. Sen. Klobuchar has called for an ethics investigation of Franken.
Many would see steep cuts in rate, but it's unclear how they would spend cash.
Minnesota agriculture and industry concerned about future of the agreement.
Strong public support wasn't enough to beat back effort to end forced arbitration.
Minnesota's biggest companies would see billions in relief – but what about workers?
As well-paying posts in manufacturing and trades go begging, the American dream of a bachelor's degree dies so hard that public officials find themselves in a culture war.
Deductions on one-third of federal returns filed from Minnesota are on the chopping block.
The agribusiness giant has earned praise for recruiting and supporting veterans and reservists.
The energy reporting website Platts recently noted that "the Bakken crude differential in Clearbrook, Minnesota, soared to its highest level in four years."
Labor projections suggest the state needs to increase, not cut, legal immigration.
Benjamin Fowke called work on the security of infrastructure of "paramount importance."
Minnetonka-based ag giant honored for treatment of employees in military.
Social media campaigns called out business leaders who remain on two key panels.
U.S. exit from the TPP erased breakthrough internet measures.
Lobbying efforts by Best Buy and Target in the first six months of 2017 rivaled what they did for all of 2016. The financial numbers, drawn from government records, show the Minnesota companies' determination to kill a border adjustment tax on imports sought by the House GOP.
GOP budget drops the tax that Target CEO called "an unproven and untested theory."
If repealed, consumers would lose a choice of options for certain financial grievances.
A tariff on imported steel that President Donald Trump says will shore up the sagging U.S. steel industry enjoys growing political popularity in Minnesota, even as those who specialize in trade policy warn that it could injure other critical parts of the state's economy.
U.S. House measure would allow more time for them to be sent to the FDA.
Credit card companies and banks can't force arbitration for grievances.
Advocates believe consumers won't get needed information.
Refusing at the last minute to implement rules that were years in the making is "whipsawing students who deserve better," Lori Swanson said.
Medtronic did not release figures for the confidential settlements. The company reported that it set aside $300 million for all of its legal settlements in the fiscal year that ended in April, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Leaders in Minnesota's health care community called the Senate Republican health care reform bill disappointing because of the GOP's continued insistence on significantly cutting Medicaid.
Executives predict big losses from Trump's budget or the Republicans' AHCA.
President Trump's vow to renegotiate the trade pact with Canada and Mexico could have big impact on Minnesota's economy.
Elizabeth Kautz, a Republican and former mayor's conference president, broke sharply from her Republican colleagues in Washington.
Among them are some of the biggest names in the state: Cargill, 3M, Target, Best Buy and General Mills.
The endorsement bolsters activist investor Marcato Capital Management's bid to shake up the company.
Proponents of the border adjustment told Congress it would aid U.S. manufacturing.
Proposed rule could drive price increases for retailers.
A fierce debate is underway in Washington over whether to restructure the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau or perhaps eliminate it.
Growth rates throughout the Upper Midwest lagged most other regions of the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating certain investments, expenses, loans and distributions made by 3M's pension plan, the company revealed this week in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Groups representing health-care consumers are decidedly against the legislation, which could mean changes for employers plans, too.
Current process is too "erratic," Medtronic exec tells Congress.
The omission of a so-called "border adjustment" tax is good news for Target, Best Buy, Polaris and others.
Companies big and small are looking to carve out a chunk of the hot sector.
Mayo Clinic, U and Medtronic among top employers in state for visa fillings.
Compass Airlines, a contract carrier which flies for Delta as Delta Connection, will move its flight operations to the West Coast from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, taking more than 100 Twin Cities-based jobs with it.
AdvaMed wants to end Obamacare's 2.5% levy.
Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar hope the timing is right for a major consumer bill.
Member views often diverge in the heat of a lobbying battle.
While the arcane precedent recognizing the right of civil servants to write policies that implement U.S. laws may sound boring, sacking it, as Gorsuch has suggested, will resonate for businesses and citizens across the country.
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