Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 10/11/19

State and local taxes and spending

West Central TribuneYet another tax refund to utility frustrates Renville County Board

Rochester Post BulletinLocal elected officials talk taxes with lawmakers in Winona

Morrison County RecordPierz School officials propose 8% increase in local property taxes

Minn PostRobust tax collections allow state to release $63 million for school safety grants, Metro Mobility and disaster relief funding

Star TribuneMinnesota farmers caught in tax law dilemma

Pioneer PressHow tobacco smuggling costs Minnesota hundreds of thousands of dollars a year

Mankato Free PressCity proposal on gambling tax a win-win for local charities

Perham FocusMost Minnesota counties still have roadway funding gaps

Star TribuneDakota County’s broadband initiative is a waste of tax dollars

The Center SquareTotal state tax collections in Minnesota reach $25.6 billion, Census Bureau reports

Park Rapids Enterprise: Commentary: LGA increase provides critical boost, but difficult budget decisions remain

County News ReviewRush City Council sets 2020 preliminary levy

Labor market

Southernminn.comDynamite vs. dairy cows: The odd legal foundations of Minneapolis labor law

Lonsdale News ReviewWorkforce discussion centers around lack of workers in the region

SW News MediaNow hiring: Job opportunities at manufacturing forum

Redwood Falls GazetteMinnesota’s Job vacancies increase in 2019 second quarter

Twin Cities BusinessTargeting Employee Benefits

Hibbing Daily Tribune: Seeking second chances, incarcerated men are finding them in prison jobs and education

WCCOIs President Trump Responsible For More Than 54,000 Minnesota Jobs?

Economic development

Star TribuneHibTac mine on Iron Range expected to run out of ore in 5 years

Finance & CommerceAngel tax credit welcomed by entrepreneurs

Business NorthArea developers expect medical expansion to spur business growth


Minn PostWhy Minnesota farmers are watching China’s swine fever outbreak closely

Economic growth

Wall Street JournalMinnesota, Long a Bright Economic Star, Wonders What’s Next


Star TribuneReport: China tariffs tab approaches $1 billion for Minnesotans

John Phelan is an economist at the Center of the American Experiment.