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The Leisure and hospitality industry has a long way to go to fully recover after reopening

Setting aside the fact that it will be long before the industry fully opens, there are some issues that present more acute issues to businesses specific in this sector. For instance the April employment numbers show the industry has had the highest loss of employment. This means it will be costly for businesses to rehire and let alone return to normal operating capacity or expand once they reopen. Businesses will also face issues attracting customers as well as complying with social distancing rules....

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Let My People Go! MN One of Only Ten States Still Banning Church Services

Minnesota remains one of only ten states that still outright ban church services of any size under government restrictions imposed during the statewide shutdown ordered by Gov. Tim Walz. But that could change with the lawsuit filed this week against the state's selective enforcement of restrictions on public gatherings on behalf of a coalition of churches and businesses by the Upper Midwest Law Center. The legal challenge accuses Walz, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and several county attorneys of infringing on Minnesotans' constitutional rights under the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments and received widespread media coverage, including the Star Tribune. In a...

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While Minnesota Sends Police to Shut Down A Barbershop, Texas Gives Guidelines For Today’s Reopening

By now many people have heard the story of King Milan's Barbershop, the St. Paul barbershop that now faces up to $25,000 in fines after the police were dispatched to close down the business on Monday after the owner, Milan Dennie, opened up the shop during Governor Walz's recently-extended Stay-At-Home order. Meanwhile, in Texas, the state has provided health and safety guidelines to allow barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and tanning salons to begin reopening today. Reopening Guidelines for Barbershops, Hair Salons, Nail Salons, and Tanning Salons According to the Texas Tribune, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tanning salons can reopen today, with some...

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Minnesota must recover from its pandemic of fear

This opinion piece originally appeared in the Star Tribune. Minnesota has been in the grip of coronavirus hysteria for the last two months. We have submitted to unprecedented restrictions on our freedoms and stood by as our economy crashed, because politicians, experts and journalists have warned we face an end-of-the world scenario. Gov. Tim Walz justified his first shutdown order with a mathematical model that predicted—horrifyingly—that 74,000 Minnesotans would die from COVID-19 without social distancing, and 50,000 even with the economic shutdown. A public health crisis remotely on that scale has not materialized. But an economic and social crisis has, and it...

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Education Savings Accounts: A targeted solution during the coronavirus crisis

Minnesota’s once forecasted surplus has turned into a multi-billion dollar deficit, and state leaders have been left to figure out what to do in order to balance the budget. Schools are expected to face budget challenges as well, especially given many were already in the red before the coronavirus pandemic hit. But there is a possible solution to help school districts save thousands of dollars during a time of upcoming budget problems without asking for spending increases that the state can’t afford: K-12 emergency/temporary Education Savings Accounts....

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Walz’s Covid Coordinator: State Response to Long-Term Care Virus Deaths “Has Not Been Enough”

At the state's daily coronavirus briefing, the top official coordinating Minnesota's response to Covid-19 today acknowledged the strategy that led to the nation's highest percentage of deaths in long-term care facilities as a share of total state deaths attributed to the virus "has  not been enough." To date, 407 of the 508 deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Minnesota have been connected to assisted living facilities. "We have been providing them a lot of support. But it’s not been enough," said Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm. "This is not so much about fixing something that’s broken or deficient as it...

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Harvard Law School Cancels Anti-Homeschooling Summit

I previously wrote about Harvard law professor Elizabeth Bartholet's attack on homeschooling, which was filled with assumptions and mischaracterizations of parents who teach their children at home. But it wasn't just the article that was unsettling. There were plans to host an invite-only summit in June at Harvard Law School, focused on anti-homeschooling sentiments, whose co-organizer and one of its featured speakers included none other than Elizabeth Bartholet. These plans have reportedly been postponed until June 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic....

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Minnesota Has Highest COVID-19 Death Rate, and Highest Unemployment Rate, Out of Any Neighboring State

Nearly 625,000 Minnesotans have filed for unemployment since mid-March, and every day seems to bring new headlines of small businesses that will not survive the Coronavirus shutdown. Minnesota now has the highest unemployment rate of any of our neighboring states, according to the Tax Foundation. Despite the highest rate of unemployment in our area, Minnesota also has the distinction of having the highest COVID-19 death rate among these states, as well. In other words, it appears Minnesota has the worst of both worlds. Unemployment Rates The graph below was created by the Tax Foundation. It shows unemployment compensation claims as a percentage of...

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The SEC has loosened regulation to make it easier for businesses to raise capital

During the duration of the pandemic amendments have been made to temporarily suspend regulation in order to make it easier for businesses to operate. The latest change in regulation has come from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) which wishes to make it easier for small businesses to obtain capital through crowdfunding offerings. To accomplish this; “The SEC this week Decided to temporarily exempt small business owners from needing to get an independent audit of their financial statements if they sell between $107,000 and $250,000 in securities within a 12-month period. It also removes a 21-day waiting period before businesses can use the money...

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