Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 12/14/18

State and local taxes

Mankato Free PressState lawmakers won’t rush tax code rewrite

Duluth News TribuneMinnesota forecasts $1.5-billion surplus ahead of 2019 legislative session

St. Cloud TimesWhat do Central Minnesotan lawmakers want to do with the $1.5 billion surplus?

Bluff County Newspaper GroupPreliminary property tax levies in county show significant increases

Minn PostMinnesota’s budget forecast has become the inkblot test of state government

WatchdogTax policy activists press for Minnesota to shift course on taxing Social Security benefits

Pioneer Press: Here’s why your 2019 property tax bill is so high

KSTPAnalysis: Tax increases remain possible despite budget surplus

Mesabi Daily News: 2018 Minnesota tax returns will be bigger pain than usual

Duluth News TribuneReader’s View: Taxes keeping charities from being charitable

Red Wing Republican EagleLocal lawmakers react to surplus news

The Bemidji PioneerGauging the gas prices: Breaking down why northern Minnesota has prices above the state average

Star TribuneMinnesota needs a gas tax increase, but must consider rural areas

WCCOExperts: Filing Taxes In Minnesota Could Be More Complicated Than Usual

Kare 11MN taxes to be ‘a headache’

Grand Forks Herald2019 tax season likely won’t be too messy after all. But Minnesota’s code may still need a rewrite

KEYCBigger Returns Expected This Tax Season

Fairmont SentinelLawmakers should make tax fix their No. 1 priority

Monticello TimesMonticello Council approves 4.5 percent levy increase

Brainerd DispatchBrainerd Public Schools: Board approves nearly 20 percent levy increase

Rochester Post BulletinRising gambling tax revenues fill US Bank Stadium’s reserves

WCCOPull Tab Revenue So Successful Lawmakers Plan To Drop Corporate Taxes

Winona PostPublisher’s Post: Smothering the golden goose

Pine JournalResidents speak out, offer ideas to lower county taxes

Sun This WeekLetter: Tax would make medications more expensive

Economic growth

Detroit Lakes OnlineBuilding on tomorrow: Detroit Lakes sees economic boom

Hutchinson Leader‘The future looks bright’


Grand Forks HeraldLetter: Lift regulations, put US farmers first

Labor market

Star TribuneMinnesota manufacturers worry most about long-term worker shortages

The Daily Journal: Reviewing Minnesota jobs: Coalition gives overview of vacancies

Minn PostA warning lurks beneath state budget surplus prediction: not enough workers to go around

MPR NewsEx-cons get a deeper look from employers in tight Minnesota job market

Fox 9Facing low recruitment, police group launches ‘Wear the Badge’ campaign

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