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Gov Primary Recap: What Do Tuesday’s Results Mean for Energy and Environmental Policy?

Elections have consequences, and this axiom is true in primary elections, as well the general election to be held in November. Now that the dust has settled, it's a good time to look and see how the two major-party candidates for governor stack up on energy and environmental issues....

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In Blow to Minnesota’s Farmers, District Court Revives Obama’s WOTUS Rule

Farmers across Minnesota are now cast into regulatory uncertainty as the U.S. District Court in South Carolina ruled against the Trump administration's attempt to block the Obama-era Waters of the United States rule from becoming law.  As a result, the rule is operative again in 26 states where district courts haven’t halted the regulation....

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Can immigration boost per capita GDP growth?

In terms of per capita incomes, what matters is productivity. Immigration will help boost per capita GDP to the extent that it boosts productivity. From an economic standpoint, we want more skilled immigrants in Minnesota. Policies which will reduce this should be opposed. But neither should we fall for the mistaken belief that increasing immigration per se will sustain per capita incomes in the future. ...

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Comparing the economic records of Minnesota and Wisconsin governors

For most, the St. Croix is a scenic river. For others, it is an Iron Curtain or 38th Parallel, separating different economic systems. This is the position taken by the Economic Policy Institute in a new report comparing the economic records of Minnesota and Wisconsin Governors Mark Dayton and Scott Walker since they took office in January 2011. But once you start to examine the data for yourself, the EPI’s case looks much less clear cut....

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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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