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Minneapolis’s High Minimum Wage Claims More Victims

Whiskey Junction has been Minneapolis watering hole since the 1880s, but no longer: the bar is closing at the end of this month. The Pioneer Press reports: Owner Tom O’Shea announced the closure on Facebook, citing the city’s recent minimum wage increase, which was passed earlier this year. A portion of his post reads, “Unfortunately, after recent changes in the Minneapolis ordinances regarding minimum wages and primarily the lack of a tip credit provision, we feel now is the time to get out of the bar business. We fought for a voice to explain how minimum wage without a tip credit will...

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Minnesota’s households have high incomes, but only because each one contains more workers

More people working means more goods and services which means a higher standard of living. But the purpose of work is production, it is not an end in itself. In this respect, Minnesota's economy performs poorly. Minnesotans do a lot of work, but they do a poor job, compared to the national average, of turning that work into outputs. And that is the whole point. ...

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Back to the Future at Dayton’s?

Last Wednesday, the Star Tribune published an editorial about the proposed downtown Dayton's development project that is worth commenting on. It was titled Back to the future with Dayton's on Nicollet Mall. An alternative title might have been "Hope springs eternal." The editorial begins with a sobering reminder of recent history: Even as downtown’s workforce and residential market stayed relatively strong, retail all but abandoned the core city. Once ranked among the nation’s best shopping streets, Nicollet Mall fell off the map as names like Gucci, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren and many more departed. Dayton’s slid into history in 2001, its...

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