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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 9/14/18

Labor market

Minn PostTech jobs are key to shrinking Minnesota’s income gap — and growing our economy

WCCO‘We Need More Bodies’: Employers Hold Trades Summit Amid Worker Shortage

Star Tribune: Citizens League report recommends St. Paul adopt a $15 minimum wage

The Bismarck TribuneMidwest labor markets thrive with diversity

Pioneer Press: 3 options in play for St. Paul employers to get to $15 minimum wage

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalSt. Paul moves toward a $15 minimum wage

MPR NewsSt. Paul officials hammering out details on $15 minimum wage proposal

Pioneer PressSt. Paul City Council hears passionate public comments on proposed $15 minimum wage

Trade

KTTC: Minnesota exports jump in Q2–top customers are in Canada, China

KXRAMinnesota Exports at Record $5.9 Billion in Second Quarter

KSTPMinnesota Exports Reach Nearly $6 Billion in 2018’s 2nd Quarter

Star TribuneMinnesota’s Q2 exports jump 15 percent to record $5.9 billion

Finance & CommerceAmid trade war, Duluth port steams ahead

Mining

Star TribuneCheck the Methodology in Analyzing Arguments in Mining Debate

MPR NewsDaily Digest: Roadblock to mining falls

Kare 11Metals mining near BWCA closer to reality

Economic development

Business NorthPort supports 8,000 jobs, generates $1.4 billion

Lake Superior NewsPort of Duluth-Superior supports nearly 8,000 jobs and generates $1.4 billion in economic activity according to Great Lakes-Seaway study

Pioneer Press: Study takes dim view of economic development tool commonly used in Minnesota

Crookston TimesViewpoint: Minnesota’s strength is a guide to developing economies’ salvation

Minn PostFour things we learned about Minnesota from the latest Census data release

International Falls JournalFalls International Airport gets more than $1 million federal grant

State and local taxes

Star Tribune: Big-box stores in Minnesota fight for lower tax bills

Duluth News TribuneStudy takes dim view of TIF loans, a common finance tool in Minnesota

Grand Forks HeraldOur view: Tax revenue good, but fair play was issue

Federal taxes

WCCOMillions Of Taxpayers Could Wind Up Owing For 2018

Economic growth

MPR NewsCensus: Black, Latino Minnesotans share in broad income gains

Pioneer PressBlack, Hispanic incomes rebounded in 2017, but not enough to close gaps

Agriculture

Farm ForumFamily farm champions urge Farm Bill passage, trade support

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

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