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Study finds college grads earn significantly higher income

I have written before about how closing the skills gap is a more effective way to increase people`s income.  This is because focusing on helping people attain particular skills makes them more employable in higher-paying jobs. This is largely showcased by research showing college graduates usually earn compared to people with no college degrees. A recent study on the state of Georgia has found results further proving this fact. The study — “What you make depends on where you live: College Earnings Across States and Metropolitan Areas” — evaluates the “college earnings premium” by geographic area. Along with Washington, D.C., and New York, Georgia...

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Research finds minority-owned businesses were disproportionately affected by lockdowns

As states are reopening, and are not facing a substantial "surge" in Covid-19 cases, nor deaths, we are now forced to review the damage that the lockdown has caused on so many people`s livelihoods. Businesses have been forced to close with no hopes of reopening, many others have lost so much potential revenue and customers that they are bound to be set back for a long time. As of current, little research exists, illustrating the total damage caused by the lockdown. But a recent NBER working paper, has proven what we knew all along; the lockdown has caused a significant decline...

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MN border town losing business to WI over shutdown rules

  While Minnesota's bar and restaurant restrictions continue, Wisconsin has been open for weeks. Minnesotans have had enough and are crossing the border to get a taste of pre-COVID-19 life. Stillwater, Minnesota is just across the St. Croix River from Hudson, Wisconsin. In Hudson, good luck finding a dinner table without a reservation, you'll be waiting up to 2 hours. This is normally the busiest time of the year for Stillwater, but with hefty limitations on their bars and restaurants, fewer people visit the town. Joseph's Restaurant in Stillwater is right off of MN-36 that goes right into Wisconsin. Every day, they...

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Police reform: How about outsourcing some of the services the police provide?

Police handling of people with mental health illness is especially stark. In 2019 for instance, out of the 752 people shot and killed by the police, 142 have had a mental health illness. The police, are generally ill-equipped to handle people with mental challenges. Yet they remain first in line responders in cases of mental health crisis. Especially considering the fact that the police are trained to use force when they feel endangered, there is a merit to outsourcing some of the services the police provide. This, in addition to other long term reforms would certainly make major improvements to...

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Minnesota *Still* Has the Worst of Both Worlds With COVID19, Highest Death Rate Per Capita and Highest Unemployment Claims of Any Neighboring State

A month ago, I wrote about how Minnesota was experiencing the worst of both worlds when it comes to COVID-19, with the state having both the highest death rate per 100,000 population, and the highest unemployment claims, as a percentage of the workforce, out of any neighboring state. It appears this statement is still true today despite the fact that each neighboring state has fewer economic restrictions in place than Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (MNDEED), more than 758,000 Minnesotans have filed for unemployment since March 16, 2020. According to the Tax Foundation, approximately 14.2 percent of...

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New health and safety protocols prove burdensome as childcare providers eye reopening

Childcare is essential for the economy. And right now, access to childcare will be a critical factor in deciding when parents will be able to go back to work. It is no secret the industry has faced issues with shortage and high prices before. And these issues are partly a result of too much regulation. It is important that providers keep kids safe. But this is a critical time for the childcare industry. And these rules will do more harm than good to the industry. ...

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Governor Walz has loosened restrictions on restaurants and other establishments

This afternoon Governor Tim Walz held a press briefing, describing the next step in Minnesota`s reopening plan. In an executive order, the governor has loosened restrictions to allow indoor dining beginning June 10th. The executive order will also allow movie theatres and other entertainment venues, as well as fitness clubs and swimming pools to reopen. The order, additionally, expands capacity for other establishments that were already open.  ...

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