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How prepared is Minnesota to cover unemployment Benefit claims?

Unemployment is reaching high levels and states are facing an unprecedented rise in unemployment benefit claims. But how many of these states are in a good position to cover these claims and for how long? According to the Tax Foundation Minnesota is solvent enough to fund 13 weeks of unemployment benefits. Minnesota ranks 36th in regards to how many weeks of unemployment benefits the state`s trust fund can cover. Wyoming, Florida, South Dakota, Utah and Oregon are the top 5 funded states. Their Trust funds can cover Unemployment benefits for at least 65 weeks. Minnesota Unemployment  In Minnesota unemployment benefit claims are 11.8%...

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Minneapolis should adjust funding program to help more families

In Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey announced a $5 million relief package for residents and businesses struggling financially because of COVID-19. One million dollars within the city’s “Stable Homes Stable Schools” program will assist families (up to $1,500) experiencing homelessness or housing instability during the pandemic. But only if those families have a student attending Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS)....

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Forbes: To Fight The Coronavirus, The World Returns To Fossil Fuels

The article below appeared in Forbes, and it does a good job of summarizing how many of the policies advocated by environmental activists harm human safety in times like the Coronavirus outbreak. Ideas like banning single-use plastic bags in favor of forcing people to use resusable bags may sound good on a bumper sticker, but the science, indicates these policies leave people at greater health risks by facilitating the spread of pathogens. Ditto for energy. Even putting cost aside, which is an enormous aside, the idea that wind, solar, and battery storage alone will be able to deliver the same degree of reliability that...

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Manufacturing companies are starting to see more job losses

A lot of states are experiencing tremendous job loss due to the economic shutdown. In the beginning, most of these job losses were concentrated in the service industries. But the manufacturing sector is starting to feel a squeeze from the shutdown. Manufacturing companies are temporarily cutting employment for sustainability or permanently cutting their workforces. Manufacturing has been hurt by both loss of business and also the high level of uncertainty surrounding the lockdown. Minnesota Manufacturing  Minnesota manufacturing companies are experiencing a worse downturn caused by the virus. Manufacturing companies are now laying off employees at higher and increasing rates. A sign-maker in Brooklyn...

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Gov. Walz extends stay home order to May 4

Governor Tim Walz has extended the stay at home order to May 4. Minnesotans are being urged to voluntarily comply with the Executive Order, which directs us to limit activities outside of our homes beyond essential needs. The Center urges Gov. Walz to consider adjusting his order to include relaxed restrictions for rural communities struggling to function. ...

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To produce more masks, President Trump should lean on the FDA and CDC, not 3M

Bashing a major multi-national like 3M might make for good Twitter, but it is very dangerous public policy. In the fight against the Coronavirus, it is more important that usual to think clearly: What is the problem? What is the solution? What are the obstacles to that? How can we get rid of them? Anything else, however satisfying emotionally, is a distraction. ...

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