Newspaper Articles – Tom Steward

Financial Losses Are Par for the Course at Municipal Golf Clubs

To get an idea of the uphill lie facing many municipal golf courses in Minnesota, check with Fred Richards. But you better get a tee time, and soon.

‘Free’ Phones Have Hefty Price for Other Telephone Users

Fraud and abuse continue in a government-run phone service for low-income Americans, and the cost of the Lifeline program continues to escalate in Minnesota, a Watchdog Minnesota Bureau review show

Anheuser-Busch Plant Cuts Consumption, Still Sees Utility Costs Rise

Moorhead, Minn. plans to charge its local Anheuser-Busch plant higher rates for power and water, adding tens of thousands of dollars to bills that already total about $1.75 million annually.

Obamacare Mandates Mean Cuts or Higher Costs for Minnesota Schools

Thirty is the magic number in the Affordable Care Act for hard-pressed Minnesota school districts scrambling to avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties and new healt

Minnesota Moves to License Interior Designers

There’s no accounting for taste in Minnesota -- unless, of course, the government says so. Minnesota, like Florida, Louisiana and Nevada, wants to license interior designers.

It's (Financially) In the Hole!

Minnesota’s golf season typically runs shorter than in most places, but for one city-owned course, it was over before it started this year—and taxpayers are still being hit with substantial upkeep

Minnesota Counties Assess Costs of Obamacare Implementation

Beyond its impact on states and the nation, President Obama’s health care law has effects on county governments as well, as Minnesota counties are currently discovering.

Congress Investigates Minnesota Broadband Stimulus Project

Lake County Minnesotans can’t field calls or emails over their $66 million federal stimulus-funded Lake Connections broadband network yet, but the powerful U.S.

Twenty-One States Employ More School Staff Than Teachers

A surprising new education study provides some clues to why K-12 public school funding has tripled in inflation-adjusted dollars since the 1950s.

Broader Tax Base, $2.2 Billion in New Revenue In Minnesota Gov’s Budget

Haircuts, booze, health club memberships, downloaded books, clothing over $100, auto repairs, dating services, lawyer bills, consultants, cigarettes, Rover’s checkups, tattoos — you name it.