Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 3/1/19

State and local taxes

Brainerd DispatchOur Opinion: Reduce taxes on charitable gambling

City PagesProposed tax on hybrid, electric cars would make Minnesota’s the highest in the nation

Mesabi Daily NewsRaising state gas tax for road maintenance is futile effort

Duluth News TribuneMN Capitol notebook: The budget fights begin, ‘early win’ faces turmoil in St. Paul

Wahepton Daily NewsOne ‘Expensive’ Minnesota

KAALLocal Leaders Discuss Proposed Gas Tax

Mankato Free PressOur View: Gas tax Still the best option despite its flaws

Star TribuneGas tax hike? How high? Debate begins over how much Minnesotans should pay at the pump

Winona Daily NewsOther view: Walz offers an overly ambitious first try on budget

St. Cloud TimesWalz offers solid start to stable transportation funding

Hibbing Daily TribuneBy the numbers: Minnesotans pay 20th highest property taxes, according to new study

Valley News LiveOpposition to Minnesota’s gas tax hike proposal

Crookston TimesMinnesota Legislature 2019 Session – Kiel and Johnson are no fans of Gov. Walz’s first budget proposal

KBJR6Impact of Gov. Walz’s budget on greater Minnesota

WDIONorthland Legislators React to Gov. Walz’s Gas Tax Proposal

Austin Daily HeraldRep. Jeanne Poppe: Review of Gov. Walz’s Budget Proposal

Pioneer PressInside Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed budget: 7 graphics that help show who pays and who benefits

Litchfield Independent ReviewLocal lawmakers respond to Gov. Walz’s budget proposal

Pioneer PressLetter: Tax and spend, even with a $1.5 billion surplus. Will we ever learn?

Star TribuneLower surplus sets up battle lines in Minnesota budget fight

Fox 9Minnesota’s surplus shrinks, leaving tough decisions ahead

WCCODemocrats, Republicans Clash On Minnesota’s Economic Forecast

MPR NewsForecast: Minnesota budget surplus shrinks by a third, to $1 billion

Brainerd DispatchReader Opinion: Don’t add taxes

Pioneer PressMinnesota’s budget surplus shrinking — lawmakers split on what to do about it

KBJR 6Projected budget surplus shrinks in Minnesota

Minn PostMinnesota’s taxes are high. Are they too high?

Economic development

Grand Forks HeraldLetter: Northern Minnesota stands behind Line 3

Hibbing Daily TribuneIn northern Minnesota, economic trends collide

Duluth News TribuneReader’s View: Halting Line 3 endangers environment

St. Cloud TimesGoogle seeks tax breaks for $600M data center in Central Minnesota

Faribault Daily NewsWind energy, tax breaks sought to bring Google to Minnesota

Pioneer PressGoogle seeks tax breaks for $600M data center in the city of Becker in Sherburne County

West Central TribuneThey wanted to end poverty by 2020. With one year left, MN lawmakers still think it’s possible

CBS 3Google Requests 20 Years Worth of Tax Waivers to Build New Facility in Minnesota

Mesabi Daily News: Mining-ful success

Winona Daily NewsJeremy Miller receives award from economic development group

Twin Cities Business5 Businesses Receive $1.7M for Projects Expected to Create Nearly 550 Jobs

Economic growth

Chaska HeraldReport: Carver County has fastest growing economy in state

Kare 11How older entrepreneurs are saving the economy


Minn PostWhy Minnesota legislators are so worried about the state’s farmers

Labor market

Eden Prairie NewsChamber’s legislative breakfast touches on tight workforce

Brainerd DispatchNonprofit prepares jobless for work with employment, training programs

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