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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 9/21/18

Agriculture

Minn PostWhy Minnesota companies have a lot to say about addressing global food insecurity

Northfield NewsMinn. farmers are in D.C. to talk to officials. Here’s what’s on their minds

Pioneer PressReal World Economics: Farm trade payments by the numbers

KSJB: Current farm economy differs from 1980s farm crisis

Energy

Star Tribune: Clean-energy advocates want Minnesota to double down

Economic development

Star Tribune: Minnesota seeks more small-technology business grant applications

Minn PostMinnesota should take steps to protect small businesses, support entrepreneurs, and empower workers

Labor market

KSTPToolkit Designed to Help Promote Second-Chance Employment for Those With Criminal Records

WCCOPaisley Park To Hold Job Fair For Various Positions

Star Tribune: Public unions: Navigating new era of opting in rather than opting out

KRFO: Just how big a problem is it to find workers in SE MN

Minn PostWhat we know — and don’t know — about a $15 minimum wage ordinance for St. Paul

KIMT3: Minnesota school districts scramble amid bus driver shortage

WCCOSt. Paul Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up Over Tip Credits

Fox 9St. Paul divided over how tipping should affect $15 minimum wage

WCCOStrong Economy, Low Unemployment Could Make Seasonal Hiring Difficult

WCCO: Finding Enough Seasonal Workers Could Prove Challenging

WCCOMinimum Wage, Tip Credit Debate Heats Up In St. Paul

Minneapolis/St Paul Business JournalMinimum wage increase debate heats up as St. Paul restaurant workers rally for, and against, tip credit

KSTPMetro Transit Turns to Apprentice Program to Address Bus Driver Shortage

Southwest JournalApprentice program targets bus driver shortage

Star Tribune: Minnesota’s unemployment rate dips to 2.9 percent, but hiring momentum stalls

Finance & CommerceMinnesota construction industry leads job growth

MPR NewsMinnesota employers pause after hiring spree

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalMinnesota’s unemployment rate drops to 2.9%; employers shed 200 jobs

State and local taxes

Austin Daily HeraldTax levy, budget, special vehicle ordinance on council agenda

West Central TribuneState Legislature Should Oppose Opioid Tax

Albert Lea Tribune: County approves preliminary 4.8 percent tax levy increase

KAALRochester City Council Approves Preliminary Property Tax Increase

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

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