Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 2/23/17

Economic development

Pipestone County Star$20 million arts impact on SW Minn. economy

West Central TribuneBenson aims to replace loss with new industry

Pioneer PressUniversity of Minnesota adds $8.6 billion annually to state’s economy, study says

The GlobeColumn: Keeping southwest Minnesota a vibrant place to live

Minn PostHow Minnesota’s community and technical colleges tailor their offerings to the needs of the (future) workforce

WCCOSun Country Airlines Shedding 350 Jobs At MSP

The GlobeColumn: Biodiesel gives the region a boost

West Central TribuneBenson supports power plant closing, says biomass never fulfilled promise

Twin Cities Business MagazinePizzey Ingredients Investing $3.2M to Build Flaxseed-Processing Plant in Delano

Minimum wage

Pioneer PressWhere the minimum wage debate stands

Pioneer PressNew report on minimum wage in St. Paul lays out the stakes

Pioneer Press‘$15 Now’ advocates rally after report presented to St. Paul council


Mankato Free PressOur View: Immigrant hirings help state economy


Aitkin Independent AgeBuilding the local farm economy

West Central TribuneIn the grinder: Farm economy continues to present challenges for producers

Fillmore County News LeaderRural Finance Authority looking to expand aid to Minnesota farmers

State taxes

Star TribuneMinn. Gov. Mark Dayton tells business leaders his highest priority for legislative session is fiscal integrity

ABC NewspapersLocal projects in Dayton’s public works proposal

Enbridge 3

Cookston TimesVIEWPOINT – There’s a strong case to replace Enbridge Line 3 pipeline

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