Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 11/29/19

Labor market

KROC: Rochester area jobless rate reflects worker shortage

Alexandria Echo PressRetaining new hires a challenge

Mankato Free PressSeasonal workers available despite general worker shortage

Economic development

Bemidji Pioneer: Commentary: Economic development is a race for talent

Duluth News TribuneReader’s View: Another day, another project delayed

State and local taxes and spending

Fox 9Audit: Minnesota towns facing more debt, less revenue

Pioneer PressIn St. Paul, 2020 will be a tough tax year for low-value homes; here’s how to understand property taxes

Lake Superior News: Getting to know the Iron Range Fiscal Disparities Program

Mankato Free PressCouncil rejects new charitable gambling tax

Pine JournalUtility companies pay fewer taxes in 2020, Carlton County residents more

Bemidji PioneerRoadwork drives up township expenditures, report says

Rochester Post BulletinMinnesota lawmakers, hoteliers still not sure what to make of vacation rental apps

Economic growth

Fillmore County JournalAffordable housing leads to economic vitality


Marshall IndependentSpeaker urges area ag community to farm locally, think globally

Minn PostFour years after bird flu scare, things are looking up for Minnesota’s turkey farmers

Brainerd DispatchCentral Minnesota farmers express optimism after grueling harvest season


Duluth News TribuneOur View: Another blow to business being pushed

City PagesYour favorite restaurant is closer to going under than you think. Here’s what they’re trying to do about it


XinhuaInterview: Collaboration with China “critical” to Minnesota: economic official

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