Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 12/21/18

State and local taxes

Pipestone County StarTax levy, budget set for 2019

Brainerd DispatchReader Opinion: Charitable gambling taxed too much

Red Wing Republican EagleLetter: Deliver property tax reform now

Duluth News TribuneOur View: Embrace balance in deciding fate of $1.5 billion

Star Tribune: The fact is, we can provide money without raising taxes

Mankato Free PressReader Response: State shouldn’t raise gas tax

Minn PostSo about that internet sales tax windfall Minnesota was going to collect

Forest Lake TimesWith surplus, no reason to raise taxes

Economic growth

Aitkin AgeLegislative update: state’s economic outlook


Winona Daily NewsFarmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans

Economic development

Star Tribune: Anti-stadium crowd in the Twin Cities has no argument left to make

Labor market

Star Tribune: Minnesota has plenty of jobs, but health insurance? No

Wadena Pioneer JournalThe “Wear a Badge” campaign wants more officers for Minnesota

Minn PostThe Janus decision was supposed to hurt public-employee unions. In Minnesota, their membership is up

Fairmont SentinelMinnesota’s problem: Not enough job-seekers

KROC: Minnesota unemployment rate remains near record low

Pioneer Press: MN unemployment rate steady at 2.8 percent. Here are industries that are hiring.

MPR NewsMinnesota November jobless rate steady at 2.8 percent

Economic growth

KXRAMinnesota Gains 43,000 Residents, State Population Tops 5.6 Million

Star Tribune: New population estimates show Minnesota could keep 8th House seat

La Crosse TribuneRural bankers survey climbs back up to growth level


MPR NewsMinnesota OKs final state permits for PolyMet’s NE Minn. copper-nickel mine

Grand Forks HeraldMinnesota Pollution Control Agency issues copper-nickel mine permits

The Virginian-PilotMinnesota OKs final major state permits for PolyMet mine

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