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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 2/16/17

Economic development

Swift County Monitor-NewsDEED: Benson Power closing positive for state, but some businesses hit hard

Rochester Post BulletinEntrepreneurs in area cities will get REV’ed up

St Cloud TimesFederal, state, local leaders to meet Saturday in St. Cloud about Electrolux

Austin Daily HeraldMore information sought on Bellisio closing; City, Chamber met Thursday with company officials

Duluth News TribuneReport: Minnesota solar jobs jumped 48 percent last year

Morrison County RecordStudy says arts and culture have significant economic impact

Hibbing Daily Tribune: Arts shape our lives, our economy

International Falls JournalMinnesota’s startup hub prepares to launch MN Cup 2018

Minn Post: State report: Minnesota needs immigrants to fill jobs and maintain economic growth

Echo PressEDITORIAL: A valentine to small businesses

Marshall IndependentMarshall to apply for Small Cities Development grant

Star TribuneMinnesota ranked as having best average credit rating in nation

See our commentary on this here.

Tax

Chanhassen VillagerLetter: Tax reform and what’s next

Grand Rapids Herald Review: Aligning Minnesota tax code with federal reforms tops legislative agenda

See our commentary on this here.

Agriculture

Rochester Post BulletinSmith creates ag working group to help with farm bill

Minimum wage

Business Management DailyGraco alone now opposes Minneapolis minimum

See our commentary on this here.

Super Bowl LII

Rochester Post BulletinSuper Bowl estimates are fair game for skeptics

See our commentary on this here

Economic growth

Rochester Post BulletinRural banker survey suggests economic outlook improving

See our commentary on this here.

John Phelan is an economist at Center of the American Experiment. 

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