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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 8/9/19

State and local taxes and spending

Duluth News TribuneReader’s View: ‘Household tax’ fairer than property tax

Minn Post: Explaining ‘contingency appropriations,’ or how Minnesota makes its budget look a little better than it actually is

WCCO‘We Need To Invest In The Infrastructure’: St. Paul Needs More Money For Road Repairs

The GlobeNobles County takes next step toward half-cent sales tax

Brainerd DispatchCass County Board: County to receive more than $1.3 million from state this year

Economic development

Pioneer PressAl Gore, Gov. Tim Walz call green economy ‘job creator of the future’ at Minneapolis climate conference

Star TribuneOut ahead on solar energy, Minnesota engineer is still pushing to speed up change

Duluth News TribuneCongressman’s View Column: Mission launched to bring the F-35 to the Northland

KBJR6Court rejects challenge to Minnesota’s nonferrous mining rules

WDIOCourt Upholds Minnesota’s Mining Rules for PolyMet Project

Financial PostMinnesota Court of Appeals Upholds Nonferrous Mining Rules for PolyMet NorthMet Project

CBS3Court rejects challenge to Minnesota’s nonferrous mining rules

Star TribuneMinnesota Court of Appeals puts PolyMet water permit on hold

Brainerd DispatchPFA approves $1.9 million for Aitkin water infrastructure project

Twin Cities BusinessNeela Mollgaard Chosen to Lead New State Economic Development Initiative

Economic growth

Brainerd DispatchWE Fest brings brief economic boom, but no one knows how much

Fergus Falls Daily Journal: Report: Minnesota doing well in manufacturing, logistics


West Central TribuneAg. Sec. Perdue coming to Farmfest next week

Rochester Post BulletinOur View: Perdue needs clear picture of what farmers are facing

Ag WeekTough times in ag expected to bring out a crowd to Minnesota’s Farmfest 2019

Ag WeekMuch to celebrate at Minnesota’s Farmfest

The Virginian-PilotFarm discontent bubbles over as Perdue confronted in Minnesota

West Central TribuneWho harvests your food?: Immigrant labor a growing piece of ag workforce

Star TribuneU.S.-China trade war is hurting Minnesota

WNAXAg Secretary Talks Farm Economy And Trade At Farm Fest In Minnesota

WCCOConcerned Minnesota Farmers Attend Listening Session With Ag Secretary

WNAXMinnesota Governor Focused On Improving The State’s Farm Economy

Faribault Daily NewsShould the state of Minnesota compensate farmers for buffer land?

KELOAg Secretary Perdue talks to Minnesota farmers about trade, China

Labor market

Minn PostWhy Minneapolis passed a wage-theft ordinance that essentially duplicates state law

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