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MCTC helping undecided students figure out their course of action

Minnesota faces a looming shortage of skilled workers, and we look increasingly to our community and technical colleges to help solve it. But here’s a big problem: Many first-year students enter college without any clear idea of what they want to do. They need a lot of help to figure that out—and if they don’t get it, they are likely to drop out. That’s a huge loss to the students themselves and to the employers who need the talents they bring....

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Duluth Businesses Clash With Tax Assessor

Evidently government bean counters in St. Louis County have taken a page out of Hennepin County assessors' playbook. We recently noted the record number of complaints by Minneapolis property owners over the sky-high increases in their valuation for the purposes of taxation. Property assessments in Duluth have also shot up, the Duluth News Tribune reports, provoking similar outrage. Sandy Hoff, president of F.I. Salter Real Estate Services, has fielded many questions from distraught clients in recent days. "My phone's been ringing off the hook," he said. In many cases, he said it's tough to square the assessed values with the actual prices downtown buildings...

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The EPI does it again, distorting the records of Minnesota and Wisconsin on labor force participation

In its new report, the Economic Policy Institute claims that Minnesota's performance in labor force participation rates since Gov. Dayton took office vindicates Big Government policies. It can only say this by misrepresenting the facts which show that Wisconsin has done better on this measure under Gov. Walker. ...

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The Economic Policy Institute’s report distorts the records on unemployment of Governors Dayton and Walker

Wisconsin's Gov. Walker inherited an unemployment rate of 8.1% in January 2011, and our own Gov. Dayton inherited one of 7.1%. Since then, Wisconsin's unemployment rate has fallen by 5.2 percentage points and Minnesota's has fallen by 3.9. The reduction in the unemployment rate has been faster in Wisconsin under Gov. Walker than it has in Minnesota under Gov. Dayton. But a new report by the Economic Policy Institutes misrepresents these facts....

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New data shows that Minnesota’s economic growth lagged the nation in 2017

Preliminary data for 2017 from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that, once again, Minnesota's economic growth lagged that of the nation. This continues a trend going back to at least the turn of the century. And it adds up. If Minnesota's economic growth had only matched that of the nation generally since 2000, our state's GDP would have been $5.5 billion higher in 2017, or $982 for every man, woman, and child in the state. ...

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