Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 12/8/17


Ely EchoMINER Act passes House

Grand Rapids Herald Echo: House passes Twin Metals mining bill

Mesabi Daily News: An open letter to Sen. Klobuchar

Ripon AdvanceHouse acts to protect Minnesota jobs with passage of Emmer-led bill

Grand Rapids Herald Review: What would Teddy say (about sulfide mining)?

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State budget

Bemidji PioneerTuesday report to spell out state finances

Star TribuneTax debate in Congress will cloud Minnesota’s fiscal fortune

Star TribuneMinnesota facing projected $188 million deficit

MPR NewsLatest budget forecast tips Minnesota into the red

Faribault Daily NewsMinnesota budget forecast shows slight dip

Bristol Herald CourierThe Latest: Dayton eyes budget tweaks to solve $188M deficit

Fox 21Minnesota Budget Forecast Swings from $1.65 Billion Surplus to $188 Million Deficit

MPR NewsOut of the black and into the red

Pioneer PressWhy Minnesota’s budget shortfall forecast isn’t a cause for panic

Fox 9Minnesota budget forecast swings from $1.65 billion surplus to $188 million deficit

Crookston TimesCongress’ unsettled tax package clouds Minnesota economic forecast

MinnPostMinnesota’s projected budget deficit is already souring expectations for the 2018 legislative session

Rochester Post BulletinDayton eyes budget tweaks to solve $188M deficit

Perham FocusState could pass along funding responsibilities to counties

Finance & CommerceMinnesota facing $188M budget deficit next year

Rochester Post BulletinMinnesota’s $188M budget deficit is filled with questions

WCCOMinnesota’s $188M Budget Shortfall Leaves Many Questions

Wahpeton Daily NewsEconomic forecast: MN projecting $188M deficit for 2018-19

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Star TribuneTwin Cities area joins Nashville as big metros with lowest jobless rate

Pioneer Press: How to manufacture the right jobs for St. Paul

Faribault Daily NewsMaking the most of Minnesota apprenticeships

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Economic growth

Knox News Radio: Midwest economy

Star TribuneMidwest factory growth slowed in November

News TribuneMidwest economy: November state-by-state glance

Hutchinson LeaderAssessing Minnesota’s business, economic climate

MPR NewsEconomists size up the economy at year’s end

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Minimum wage laws

WCCOMpls. Sued By Chamber Of Commerce Over Min. Wage Hike

Star TribuneChamber of Commerce asks judge to block $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis

MinnPostJudge hears arguments in suit seeking to block Minneapolis’ minimum-wage ordinance

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Economic development

Bemidji PioneerProgress continues on Kelliher infrastructure project

InforumThief River Falls company, area communities say they are ready for major expansion

Star TribuneMEDA named top minority business developer by U.S. Commerce Dept.

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Enbridge 3

Duluth News TribuneInvesting in renewables smarter than spending for pipelines

Midwest Energy NewsQ&A: Alberta official says province’s climate leadership justifies Minnesota pipeline

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Federal taxes

Star TribuneU.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are wrong to oppose tax reform

Duluth News TribuneHow the U.S. tax plan plays out in Minnesota


Faribault Daily NewsMinnesota’s efforts to relieve farmer stress

Crookston TimesLetter to the Editor – Thanks, farmers

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