Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 10/4/19

State and local taxes and spending

West Central TribuneRoger Imdieke: Solution needed for ‘Amazon effect’ on local tax base

Redwood Falls GazetteRedwood Area School District property tax levy proposal for 2020 would include 2.58% increase

Grand Rapids Herald Review: Iron mining taxes support Northeastern Minnesota

Brainerd DispatchCass County Board: Proposed Pine River business receives abatement on county taxes

Southwest JournalSchool district tax levy to decrease in 2020

Economic development

Park Rapids EnterpriseNew report explores challenges of Minnesota’s aging workforce

Mankato Free PressMSU, businesses get $700,000 for job skills training

Fairmont SentinelHagedorn backs workforce training

KNSI: Local organizations get grants to help businesses

Alexandria Echo PressWigfall: Two-year degrees offer quick path to success

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Launching a Minnesota business? State has $2.5M to help you get started

KTOE3.6 million headed to five MN businesses for job creation

Economic growth

Sun This WeekMN Manufacturing Week 2019: Business has been thriving in Lakeville for 50 years

Duluth News TribuneAn Economist’s View: High-tax Minnesota lagging in economic growth

The LedgerPolk Perspective: Government-owned networks, a temptation to avoid

Winona Daily NewsMidwest economy: September state-by-state glance

KEYC 12South Central Minnesota Tour of Manufacturing to highlight manufacturing industries

Star TribuneManufacturing in Minnesota slumps but faring better than nation as whole


Star TribuneMinnesota farmers need D.C. to restore ethanol market

Marshall IndependentTax law too costly for farmers, GOP claims

Labor market

Star TribuneWorker shortage sparks Minnesota businesses to think outside of the box

Star TribuneJob vacancies in Minnesota rise again

Northfield NewsMinnesota job vacancies at record high

KSTPSurvey shows Minnesota job openings increase in 2nd quarter of 2019

KTOEJob vacancies reach record high

Minn PostChallenge to $15 minimum wage, sick-time rules goes before Minnesota Supreme Court

MPR NewsSupreme Court hears challenges to Minneapolis wage, sick time laws

Hometown Focus: State labor market remains tight

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