Since 2013, federal tax laws for married couples have applied to same-sex couples who are married in jurisdictions where same-sex marriage is legal, like Minnesota, even if the couple lives in a jurisdiction that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes nationwide, and tax refund fraud caused by identity theft is a major challenge facing taxpayers. According to a Government Accountability Office report, fraudulent tax refunds were estimated at $5.2 billion for the 2013 tax filing season.
The Minnesota Legislature has a big goal this year: preparing all students to be ready for college and career. To accomplish this, one of the main strategies being discussed is helping our youngest learners become ready for kindergarten.
Judges hear disputes dealing with some of the most important aspects of people’s lives. We hear child custody disputes, restraining order requests, disagreements about contracts and estates, and a variety of other matters.
The 89th Legislature has officially begun, and it's looking to be a very exciting few months. I spent the last summer traveling Minnesota examining the state of our mental health services, and am looking forward to sharing what I've learned from you with my colleagues in the legislature.