Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 2/12/21

State and local taxes and spending

Minn PostComparing state income taxes and sports teams’ performance

The NeighborForgiveable PPP business loans will be taxed by Minnesota

MPR NewsWalz targets smoking, vaping with higher taxes

St. Cloud Times‘No new taxes’: The same debate, 13 years later

KTTC: Minnesota small business owners discuss governor’s budget proposal

Alexandria Echo PressSmall business group, including an Alexandria member, supports some of Walz’s recovery budget

Duluth News Tribune: Our View: Work together on COVID exit strategy

Minn PostMinnesota continues to see higher state revenue numbers than expected

Economic development

Albert Lea TribuneSenate Report: Efforts focused on building rural parts of Minnesota

Duluth News TribuneReader’s View: Line 3 has ripple-effect benefits

Crookston TimesLetter to the Editor: Livings are being made along and beyond the pipeline

The Center SquareSecond court rules in favor of Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

Economic growth

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal2021 economic outlook: Executives discuss global, national and Minneapolis/St. Paul trends

West Central TribuneLatino businesses share COVID-19 experience in statewide study

Marshall IndependentRole of technology in economic rebound cannot be overstated, or ignored by political leadership

West Central Tribune: Did COVID crush businesses in 2020? In Minnesota, businesses register to open, but not to close

KSTPHouse GOP offers plan to reopen hospitality businesses, DFL has plan to protect workers

WCCOCOVID Policies: Minn. House GOP Calls For Lifting Business Restrictions By May 1

Pioneer Press: COVID-19 hitting Minnesota’s Latino businesses hard, researchers say

InforumLetter: Child care crisis prevents economic growth in Greater Minnesota

Sun This WeekTwo sides of COVID-19 economy in Lakeville

Labor market

KAAL TV: Increasing the minimum wage or not

WJON: DEED: Diverse Economy Kept St. Cloud Strong Amid Pandemic

KVRRProposed bill ensures job security for laid off Minnesota workers

KBJR6: New MN bill would require hospitality industry to rehire workers

Finance & CommerceMinnesota’s rural jobs quagmire drags on

The GlobeWorthington businesses examples of statewide labor shortage

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