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In Saint Paul, a transparency change

By Mike Kaszuba Due to concerns raised by women’s advocates, the St. Paul City Council is no longer requiring people who testify at public hearings to verbally give their home address. City Council President Amy Brendmoen said she made the decision after she and other City Council members were approached by “a group of advocates […]

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Invoices detail payments from DEED to Greater MSP

By Mike Kaszuba For several years, Minnesota’s top economic development agency has had a financial partnership with Greater MSP, the business non-profit that recently submitted – but along with state officials has declined to make public — the state’s bid to land an Amazon corporate headquarters. Invoices obtained by St. Paul-based non-profit Public Record Media […]

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Searching for Minnesota’s Amazon bid

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba Four months after Amazon announced plans to build a second corporate headquarters – setting off a nationwide competition – Minnesota has concealed its Amazon bid through the use of a nonprofit whose board includes representatives of many of the state’s top companies. The state’s Department of Employment and Economic […]

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Examining Shakopee’s Amazon warehouse subsidies

By Mike Kaszuba By most standards, the sprawling Amazon warehouse facility that opened in Shakopee a year ago has been a success. The building totals 850,000 square feet, employees thousands of workers, and recently has been hiring full-time warehouse associates at a starting pay of up to $15.50 an hour, plus health care benefits and […]

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SEC cited State of Minnesota for misstatements in bond offerings

By Matt Ehling and Mike Kaszuba The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cited the State of Minnesota last year for making “material misstatements” in the sale of municipal bonds, according to records obtained by Public Record Media (PRM). A 2016 order issued by the SEC, a federal regulatory agency that monitors the country’s financial industry, […]

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