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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 10/25/19

State and local taxes

Bemidji PioneerCouncil ponders special use tax request to state Legislature

Bemidji Pioneer: Communities embrace Minnesota’s new lodging tax

KTOEBonding debate gears up as lawmakers tour SE and SW Minnesota

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalMore Twin Cities suburbs are adding lodging tax

Winona PostLocal taxes on the rise

Agriculture

KNSI: Farmers can now sign up for crop safety net program

MPR NewsClosing the farm gate: Struggling farmers take emotional step to forge new career paths

Labor market

KTOEMinnesota companies need workers

Grand Forks HeraldMinnesota unemployment drops; labor market tightens

KIMT3: Iowa and Minnesota businesses are struggling to find workers

Redwood Falls GazetteMinnesota’s minimum wage will increase in January 2020

KTOEDEED pitching workers with disabilities to help fill employment gaps

Owatonna People’s PressWar on work? Former deputy chief of staff for Gingrich talks welfare reform at VFW

Star TribuneEasy to find a job, hard to hire as Duluth unemployment remains near record lows

Economic growth

KTOEBankers survey shows improved rural economy in October

Mankato Free Press: Our View: Budget outlook | State fairly well-prepared for downturn

Economic development

Duluth News TribuneThe Memo: The cost of Essentia’s new properties, tightening labor market and more

MPR NewsPolyMet opponents ask appeals court to overturn mine permits

Regulation

Minn PostRegulatory burden: Are DEED’s accountability measures for job-training programs doing more harm than good?

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

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