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Greedy Innkeeper or Generous Capitalist? by Brian Wesbury & Robert Stein

Brian Wesbury and Robert Stein of First Trust Advisors have published a version of this interesting piece every year since 2009.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas! The Bible story of the virgin birth is at the center of much of the holiday cheer this time of year. The book of Luke tells us that Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem because Caesar Augustus decreed a census should be taken. Mary gave birth after arriving in Bethlehem and placed baby Jesus in a manger because there was "no room for them in the inn." Some people think Mary and Joseph were mistreated by a greedy...

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High taxes sap Minnesota’s productivity, economic growth

This op ed appeared December 22nd, 2018 in the Duluth News Tribune.  The economist Paul Krugman once wrote that, "Productivity isn't everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A country's ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker." He was right. The ability to turn a given amount of inputs into a larger amount of outputs — productivity growth — is the essence of economic growth. Sadly, as we with the Center of the American Experiment illustrate in our new report, "The State of Minnesota's Economy:...

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Minnesota’s economic performance continues to be unimpressive. And there are signs for concern about the future

Yesterday, we released our new report The State of Minnesota’s Economy: 2018. After finding Minnesota's economic performance to be 'lackluster' last year, we had to raid the thesaurus again. Our state's economic performance continues to be unimpressive. Furthermore, looking at key drivers of future growth, there is cause for concern. ...

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