Minnesota’s Economic News — W/E 1/28/22

State and local taxes and spending

Minn Post: A new Minnesota law is saving certain kinds of businesses a boatload in federal income taxes

Star Tribune: Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

Crow River Media: Gov Walz wants to give $700M back to taxpayers

WDIO: Walz proposes checks up to $350 as part of economic package

Pioneer Press: Walz proposes $350 rebate checks from budget surplus; Republicans call it ‘election year gimmick’

KSTP: GOP candidates respond to ‘Walz Checks’ proposal

St. Cloud Times: Deferred maintenance, affordable housing are reasonable budget priorities for Minnesota

WCCO: Walz Spending Plan Includes $150 To $350 Checks Directly To Minnesota Households

Star Tribune: What to do with Minnesota’s $7.7 billion projected surplus? We ask top political leaders

Fox 9: Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

Pioneer Press: Real World Economics: ‘Good problem’ of state surplus is still a problem

KTOE: Ed MN calls on state lawmakers to provide funding for students, staff amid COVID

Rochester Post Bulletin: Rochester sales tax extension talks moving forward

KIMT 3: City leaders seek extension to Rochester’s local sales tax

Star Tribune: Minnesota’s $7.7 billion surplus: What should the state do with it?

Marshall Independent: Marshall looks at extending local sales tax

Minnesota Reformer: Walz seeks $5.1 billion to expand early learning, child care and enact paid family leave

MPR News: MN Senate Republicans set crime, tax cuts as top session priorities

Star Tribune: Minnesota Senate GOP, Walz release public safety plans

Pioneer Press: Roseville seeks half-percent sales tax to pay for $16 million pedestrian bridge over Highway 36, other projects

Monticello Times: Minnesota’s budget surplus: Caution is advised

Minn Post: Walz spending plan consumes much of Minnesota’s current budget surplus — and the next projected surplus

Minnesota Reformer: Senate GOP legislative agenda: Get tougher on crime and cut state taxes

KTOE: Another push by Republicans this year to eliminate all state tax on Social Security benefits regardless of income

Labor market

Wahepton Daily News: MN unemployment rate at lowest since 2019

Alexandria Echo Press: Demand soars for construction workers in Alexandria area

KTOE: Minnesota employers continue to add jobs

Pine Journal: Manufacturing employers tackle industrywide issues