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Why Employment Matters

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2020 Issue of Thinking Minnesota, now the second largest magazine in Minnesota. To receive a free trial issue send your name and address to info@americanexperiment.org. Minnesota has above average levels of GDP per capita thanks to above average levels of employment. The greater the share of the population working to produce GDP, the more GDP there is to divide among the population. But these high employment levels mask below average labor productivity. This could have an outsized impact on Minnesota's economy. The Center's new report, "Minnesota's Workforce to 2050," analyzes looming weaknesses in the state's workforce, including an aging...

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Hey Minnesota Liberals! Stop Complaining About Low-Wage Service Jobs Unless You Support More Mining

The new soup du jour of liberal talking points appears to be that the current economy isn't very good at all because many of the jobs that are currently being created are low-paying jobs in the service and tourism sectors. But if liberals in Minnesota want to complain about the rise of low-paying jobs in these sectors, they had better be in favor of more mining in Minnesota....

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This mostly private effort to help the homeless should be supported

A Star Tribune cover story, “Walz nets nearly $5M to help the homeless,” brought some encouraging news last Friday.  Gov. Tim Walz spearheaded a new push to raise funds for Minnesota’s homeless population from mostly corporate and philanthropic organizations, and has raised almost $5 million so far.  Even though $1 million for this fund came from the Met Council, this promising effort has been mostly private, and stands in very refreshing contrast to nearly constant demands for more government funding for a litany of social ills. Kudos to Gov. Walz and everyone behind the Minnesota Homeless Fund, which is being managed...

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