Minnesota’s Economic News — W/E 12/31/21

Labor market

Pine Journal: Can this workforce be saved? Here’s why US workers are quitting in droves

Morrison County Record: Letter: Walz to blame for worker shortage

Bemidji Pioneer: Child care worker, teacher shortage ripples across economy

Duluth News Tribune: Rising wages draw teen workers across region

Southernminn.com: Workforce shortage felt in many sectors across southern Minnesota

Rochester Post Bulletin: Small businesses scramble to adapt to labor shortage

St. Cloud Times: Minnesota minimum wage increases starting Jan. 1

Crow River Media: Economists: Minnesota 2.5% minimum wage increase doesn’t make up for rising inflation

State and local taxes and spending

St. Cloud Times: We need to think about the Minnesota budget surplus as a responsibility

Star Tribune: Get to work on business relief

Kare 11: American Rescue Plan will pay for COVID tests, childcare and food security in Minnesota, governor says

Star Tribune: Editorial counterpoint: Tax relief isn’t the main thing Main Street needs

Park Rapids Enterprise: Park Rapids sales tax proposal sent back to city staff

Economic growth

Duluth News Tribune: Duluth Economic Expert’s View: Communities willing to innovate can thrive in 2022