Maureen Bausch, executive V.P. for business development at the Mall of America challenged Senator Ann Rest, foreground, on her bill to impose a clothing sales tax during a meeting of the Senate tax committee. On the right is Rochelle Westlund of the Minnesota Retailers Association who also opposes the bill. Bausch said a considerable amount of the malls business comes from out of state people looking to avoid the tax.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.