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Mining generates 10 times more economic value than leisure, hospitality

This op-ed appeared July 29, 2018 in the Duluth News Tribune.  This month, the News Tribune published a commentary by Sandra B. Zellmer and Alexandra B. Klass of the Center for Progressive Reform. In it, they argued against Twin Metals and the possibility of sulfide-ore copper-nickel mining in Northeastern Minnesota (Professors' View: "U-turn on Twin Metals a massive giveaway of irreplaceable public resources"). "(A Twin Metals) mine promises to be an economic loser," they contended, saying that, "A 2017 study by Key Log Economics showed that copper-nickel mining in the Boundary Waters watershed would cost Northeastern Minnesota $288 million in lost revenue from visitor...

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Good news for young people: Paid internships are becoming the norm

For years, many young college-aged Americans have viewed getting an internship almost as a rite of passage. Traditionally, internships have offered many advantages—helping to develop marketable skills, sprucing up a resume, and frequently earning college credit. Unfortunately, these internships often haven’t paid a dime. Today that’s changing, thanks to America’s robust employment rate. ...

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PolyMet Amendment Dropped From NDAA

The Duluth News Tribune ran an interesting article on the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was meant to expedite the exchange of land between Polymet Mining Corp. and the federal government. Although the land swap has already occurred, it is unfortunate that Polymet will not have Congressional approval because anti-mining groups will now attempt to block the land exchange through the court system....

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Advocates of minimum wage hikes are living in a fantasy world

Advocates of minimum wage hikes all too often live in a fantasy world where employers are vast corporations whose owners and managers are swimming in piles of cash while paying their workers a pittance. The truth is very different and, as the example of Saint Paul shows, the people who would be hit hard would be smaller businesses. This is the reality. ...

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In the late 1990s, Minnesota cut its top rate of income tax. What happened to income tax revenues?

Between 1998 and 2000, Minnesota's top rate of income tax was cut from 8.5% to 7.85%. The effects? In 2017 dollars, income tax revenues in the nine years before 1998, when the top rate of income tax was at least 8.5%, averaged $5.8 billion. In the nine years after 2000, when the top rate of income tax was 7.85%, they averaged $7.8 billion. As a share of state GDP, in the nine years before 1998, Minnesota’s income tax revenues had averaged 2.8% of state GDP. In the nine years after 2000, our state's income tax revenues averaged 2.7% of state GDP....

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