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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 11/8/19

State and local taxes and spending

The Center SquareMinnesota schools get 26.6% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

WCCO‘Tipping Point’: East Metro School District Seeks More Funding

Rochester Post BulletinCan’t tax this: State-owned land hits counties in their budgets

MPR NewsNew tax credit for ag land might help rural schools increase funding

MPR NewsPaying for school is on the ballot this year across Minnesota

Southernminn.comPaying for school is on the ballot this year across Minnesota

Kiplinger10 Least Tax-Friendly States for Retirees, 2019

MPR NewsA lot of ‘yes’ in Minnesota school referendums

Minn Post: Expert: Recreational marijuana in Minnesota could bring in $300 million in taxes

St. Cloud TimesHow are taxes shaping up in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne counties for next year?

Labor market

Wahepton Daily NewsLabor participation rate at 70 percent

Minn Post: PolyMet and Twin Metals say they’ll create thousands of Iron Range jobs. Does Minnesota have the workers to fill them?

Produce Blue BookRising labor costs hit Midwest firms hard

Grand Forks HeraldUnemployment is climbing in key swing states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin

Marshall IndependentCareerForce strives to retain regional workers

Crow River MediaState labor market tightens

KEYC 12Windom sees job growth as cost of living remains low

Mankato Free PressJob vacancies hit another record high locally, statewide

Pine City Pioneer: Unemployment 3.2% in Pine County

Economic growth

Business NorthChamber Foundation launches forward-looking study of Minnesota’s economy Leading economic experts advising ‘Minnesota: 2030’

Minneapolis / St. Paul Business JournalHow are we doing? Minnesota Chamber Foundation study will chart state’s prospects

WNAXMid America Economy Showing Signs of a Rebound

Star TribuneAfter two months of declines, index shows Minnesota and Midwest manufacturing return to growth

WCCOMidwest Economic Growth Slightly Rebounds, Survey Suggests

WDIOBusiness Leaders Hear Update on Regional Economy

Finance & CommerceSurvey suggests slight rebound in Midwest economic growth

Bismarck TribuneAnd the survey says: Rockier ag economy

Minn PostEven after St. Cloud Electrolux closure, Minnesota’s manufacturing economy isn’t all bad news

Economic development

Duluth News TribuneAn Economist’s Column: Mining or the environment is a false choice; we can have both

Grand Forks HeraldLetter: Enbridge pipeline needed in Minnesota

Finance & CommerceSustainable: Opportunity zones could boost clean energy

Winona PostPromising careers in the trades

Duluth News TribuneIn Response Column: Dismissing projects like Twin Metals ignores history, today’s reality

Trade

Brainerd DispatchMinnesota businesses take $632M hit from ongoing trade wars

Agriculture

Knox News Radio: Walz – Agricultural disaster

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

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