Documents show controversy over Minnesota state auditor legislation

By Mike Kaszuba New documents show that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and his staff were caught off guard last year on what was one of the legislative session’s final surprises – the attempt to curtail the duties of the state auditor. Documents obtained by Public Record Media indicate that the governor and his staff initially underestimated the impact […]

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St. Paul district council report examines proposed soccer stadium

By Mike Kaszuba A key St. Paul neighborhood group, while remaining neutral on a Major League Soccer stadium being proposed in the city, said Wednesday that many residents remain concerned by a “lack of transparency and little public engagement” as city officials negotiate with the team. The Union Park District Council, representing the neighborhood surrounding the proposed stadium […]

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FBI data: Minnesota ranked 15th in 2014 firearms background checks

By Mike Kaszuba In the aftermath of the latest terrorism attacks in both Paris and San Bernardino, California, many media outlets have reported a rise in firearm sales in the United States. In November of this year, 39 states posted increases, according to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is administered by […]

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The management of the DHS “Value Report” on HMO care

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba Three years ago, the Minnesota Legislature told state officials it wanted an independent study to investigate the value of the state’s managed health care programs. But what taxpayers got instead was a report that was heavily influenced by Department of Human Services (DHS) officials and critiqued by health management […]

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