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Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 5/22/20

State and local taxes and spending

Minn PostThe Minnesota Legislature really wants a say in how the state distributes federal COVID-19 money — even if Walz doesn’t have to listen

Star TribuneSenate leader, governor consider aid plan for Mall of America

Pioneer Press: MN Legislature: $2 billion infrastructure bill fails to pass the House

Grand Forks HeraldBonding bill, state worker contracts up in the air as Minnesota lawmakers enter final days

WCCOMN Lawmakers Debate Honoring State Employee Raises Negotiated Before The Pandemic

KSTP$2B bonding bill fails in House; GOP senators counter with $998M version

Star TribuneBonding bill in limbo as Minnesota lawmakers race toward deadline

KVRRMinnesota lawmakers fail to reach deals on construction bill, economic relief

WCCOBonding Bill Fails As 2020 Minnesota Legislative Winds Down; Special Session Likely

WCCO: ‘Much Was Accomplished’: Session 2020 Ends Sans Bonding Bill, But Its Productivity Can’t Be Denied

WCCOMinnesota’s COVID-19 Jobs Crisis: A Reality Check

KIMT 3: Before the pandemic, Minnesota faced a workforce shortage in high-skill jobs. What now?

Minn PostNon-compete agreements could prevent workers from finding new jobs during and after the pandemic

Mankato Free PressAlmost a quarter of Blue Earth County’s workers file unemployment

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalWhen I Work tracking tool shows just how much hourly employment has fallen

MPR NewsUnemployment claims up — way up — among Asian Minnesotans

WCCOCoronavirus In Minnesota: Unemployment Rate Spikes To 8.1% In April

Economic growth

WDIOMN Businesses react to Gov. Walz’s latest announcement on re-opening

KSTPCoronavirus causing public health, economic crisis with no end in sight

Star TribuneFor the businesses Walz left in limbo, June 1 is the next date

Grand Rapids Herald ReviewLine 3 is a good way to bring the economy back

Star Tribune‘Treading water’ — Will beloved Twin Cities restaurants survive COVID-19?

MPR NewsMore Minnesota restaurants announce permanent closures

Business NorthVast majority of state businesses were hurt by ‘stay at home’ restrictions

WCCO‘It’s Hard To Call The Bottom,’ Says Minneapolis Fed’s Neel Kashkari

MPR NewsListen: 2 national experts on the economic and health crisis in America

KSTPExclusive interview, Minnesota’s Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development talks candidly about tough decisions

MPR NewsMay 20 update on COVID-19 in MN: Walz plan slow-walks bar, restaurant restarts

Winona Daily NewsRural bankers survey index remains low in face of outbreak

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

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