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MMA President urges patience as COVID doses arrive in MN

By |2021-01-25T06:14:02-06:00January 25th, 2021|

As the state continues to try and get Minnesotans vaccinated for COVID-19, Minnesota Medical Association President Marilyn Peitso says there are obstacles... "The barriers of actually getting the vaccine into the state, we're only getting a certain allotment every week and that supply is what we have to work with." Demand has been high since officials announced a COVID-19 vaccine pilot program for adults 65 years of age and older.

Top analyst says Trump conviction in Senate is an uphill battle

By |2021-01-25T06:12:33-06:00January 25th, 2021|

Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier says it's "not very likely" that former President Trump will be convicted by the U-S Senate when it takes up the House's impeachment. That's because 67 votes are required and Schier says... "You have to convict him if you want to then bar him from running for office again and so the 67 votes really is important if the Senate wants to end the political career, the elective career of Donald Trump." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week called out Trump for "feeding lies" to the mob that stormed the Capitol two weeks [...]

Walz will likely propose upper-bracket income tax increase

By |2021-01-25T06:03:54-06:00January 25th, 2021|

It's expected Governor Tim Walz will propose an upper-bracket income tax increase when he rolls out his state budget plan TOMORROW, re-igniting a perennial debate at the State Capitol. House Speaker, Democrat Melissa Hortman: "There are people and industries who are doing better in the pandemic, and it's important that everybody's paying their fair share as we go through these tough times." But Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says: "I just want to let everybody know, we're not gonna raise taxes. We're not gonna raise the gas tax, no income tax, no sales tax (increases)."

Tax Season Starting Late This Year

By |2021-01-25T06:02:03-06:00January 25th, 2021|

The federal and state tax filing season opens Friday, February 12th, one of the latest filing periods in the last decade.   Minnesota Department of Revenue spokesman Ryan Brown says it's because of the latest economic stimulus payment delivered before the end of December. Brown says the tax filing opening date changes depending on new tax laws and systems upgrades. He says it typically opens in mid-to-late January. Brown says you can still file now, but it won't be accepted until February 12th.   The IRS and Minnesota Department of Revenue are encouraging everyone to file electronically and sign up for [...]

Working out from home can be fun

By |2021-01-25T05:56:17-06:00January 25th, 2021|

If you're finding it harder to get your workout in at home, you're not alone. As our to-do lists grow, it may be difficult to set aside some time for yourself, especially if you have kids. Josh Pearson director of the Spark Training Program at StaFit says with kids spending more time at home, consider having them join you in your workouts. He says 10 minutes of exercise can help burn off some of that extra energy kids have, in addition to helping you get in your daily workout. Pearson says if your kids don't want to workout with you, consider [...]

Walz to preview education plan before Tues state budget rollout

By |2021-01-25T05:54:37-06:00January 25th, 2021|

The day before rolling out his state budget plan, Governor Tim Walz today (Mon) previews its largest component -- K-12 education -- with influential members of a special task force including former state Supreme Court Justice Alan Page. But at this early point in the legislative session, school closures from COVID overshadow the debate over a dollar amount for education funding: "Parents not being able to work because they don't have their children in school. We have a lost generation, some have said, of these young kids not learning to read." A bill sponsored by Rochester Republican Senator Carla Nelson would [...]

Sen Smith: must be consequences for Trump after Capitol siege

By |2021-01-25T05:53:20-06:00January 25th, 2021|

The House article of impeachment against former President Trump will be sent to the Senate today (MON). Some Republicans say the timing is contrary to President Joe Biden's pledge for unity during his administration. U-S Senator Tina Smith counters that and says: "We do need unity, but you can't have unity without an honest appraisal of what happened, what are we supposed to do, say "oh well, that happened, but that was yesterday," if we don't have accountability and consequences, what happened on January 6th could happen again." The impeachment article, which passed in the House with bipartisan support, accuses the [...]

Rep. Emmer: accountability for Jan 6th Capitol siege is complicated

By |2021-01-25T05:44:47-06:00January 25th, 2021|

The U-S Senate is awaiting delivery today (MON) from the House of the article of impeachment against former President Trump. U-S Congressman Tom Emmer voted against impeachment earlier this month and says Trump alone should not be held responsible. "We all, everyone who holds an election certificate, bears responsibility for what happened on January 6th, everyone." Speaker Pelosi has suggested that she is waiting for guidance from Senate leaders about the parameters of a trial. Former President Trump is accused of inciting the insurrection at the U-S Capitol on January 6th. A Senate conviction would prohibit Trump from seeking federal office [...]

MN passes 6,000 COVID deaths

By |2021-01-22T05:38:45-06:00January 22nd, 2021|

The state Health Department is reporting 32 new deaths from COVID-19 and 1,292 new positive COVID-19 tests. So far, nearly 451,000 Minnesotans have tested positive. "Minnesota has now passed the sad threshold of 6,000 deaths since the start of this pandemic. We are not at a total of 6,011 who've lost their lives to COVID-19." State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. As of today, more than 6.2 million COVID-19 tests have been completed statewide. 203,839 Minnesotans have received one dose of the COVID vaccination and 41,984 have received both doses.

MN Senate Republicans repeat: No tax increases

By |2021-01-22T05:29:47-06:00January 22nd, 2021|

No tax increases -- income, sales or gas tax -- Senate Republicans are repeating as they roll out their top priorities for the legislative session. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says tax hikes are not necessary to plug an expected budget shortfall: "We can reduce spending -- it doesn't have to be much -- and we can use the Rainy Day Funds.... Between those two things we can easily balance the budget." Democrats, who control the Minnesota House, respond new investments are essential to jump-start a Minnesota economy that's hurting from COVID. They say upper-income groups haven't been paying their fair share. [...]

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