Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 12/18/20

State and local taxes and spending

Marshall IndependentMarshall trying for levy increase of under 3%

The GlobeNobles County now eyes 1.075% levy increase

County News ReviewIsanti County proposes 5.78% levy increase

Belle Plaine HeraldScott County Board Supports Proposed Seven Cent Gas Tax Increase as Part of Legislative Platform

ABC NewspapersColumn: Good news found in latest state budget forecast

Fox 9DEED to begin payments to unemployed high school students impacted by COVID-19

MPR NewsState begins issuing payments to unemployed teens

Brainerd DispatchWhile state budget forecasts improve, Gazelka advises caution

Star TribuneComplexities of government aid continue to emerge for small Minnesota businesses

Pioneer Press: MN lawmakers approve $217M COVID relief package for businesses; unemployment help, too

KEYCMinnesota Senate passes virus aid for businesses, workers

MPR NewsMinnesota Senate passes virus aid for businesses, workers

Star TribuneMinnesota Legislature OKs virus aid for businesses, workers

Brainerd DispatchNo public input on levy as county board tables decision

Pioneer Press: Here are details on Minnesota’s $242M aid package for workers, businesses

Star TribuneMillions in COVID-19 relief soon headed for Minnesota businesses, workers

Detroit Lakes OnlineNew pots of money for local businesses, nonprofits hurt by state action on COVID-19

Economic development

Bemidji PioneerBusinesses in Minnesota, Bemidji have a solid survivability rate

Pioneer Press: John Rouleau: Lighten up, Minnesota, so innovators can innovate and the economy can grow

Bemidji Pioneer: Letter to the editor: Enbridge is delivering on its promises

Economic growth

Duluth News TribuneLocal View: Duluth’s restaurants, employees need a Christmas miracle

St. Cloud TimesQBR: Local recession continues as firms look for COVID-19 relief

Fox 9Minnesota Dry Cleaners Association: Revenue is down more than 60 percent because of pandemic

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalGreater MSP unveiling economic-recovery dashboard

Star TribuneMinnesota’s economic recovery stalls, as jobs data shows losses

Labor market

Star TribuneLife has turned into a high-wire act for Minnesotans who are now ‘long-term unemployed’

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalMinnesota Black and Latino employment numbers improve in November, but disparities remain

KNSI: How to find a job in the Covid-19 pandemic

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