Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 3/23/17

State finances

St Cloud TimesTop state employee salaries of 2017: St. Cloud, Mankato hockey coaches earn $300,000

Wahepton Daily News‘Education Governor’ calls for more investment in students

Echo Press: Editorial: Make LGA a priority this session

Marshall IndependentLower taxes a high priority for Minnesota business advocates

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Enbridge 3

Bemidji Pioneer: Letter to the Editor: Enbridge seeks opportunities to work with tribes

Daily ReporterRegulators OK environmental review for disputed oil pipeline

Superior TelegramPUC approves Line 3 environmental study: Final decision on project expected in June

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Minimum wages

Twinkie TownSt. Paul Saints, Minor-League salaries, and the Senate

Star TribuneSt. Paul Saints push for state minimum-wage exemption

WCCORestaurant Workers Talk $15 Minimum Wage, Tip Credit In St. Paul

City PagesSt. Paul Saints vs. the minimum wage: A quandary for parasitic capitalism

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Minn Post: The House race in northern Minnesota’s 8th District is about more than mining — but it’s largely about mining

Duluth News TribuneRousing support in St. Paul for PolyMet

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Economic growth

St Cloud TimesQBR: Future closure of Electrolux clouds local outlook

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Amazon HQ

Pioneer PressAmazon HQ2 behind the scenes: ‘Hyperloops,’ the universal health care incentive, and was it worth it?

Pioneer PressBloomington’s monorail and Forest Lake’s ‘red carpet’: Here are the 18 communities that pitched Amazon HQ2

Pioneer PressWhy go for it? Met Council study found Amazon HQ2 would bring 130,800 jobs and $130B to Minnesota

Economic development

Credit Union JournalMinnesota CUs contribute $2.6 billion to state’s economy: Report

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalDitech laying off 116 more; hints it may close St. Paul office

Bemidji PioneerCity gets behind Delta Dental; approves 2 resolutions in support of company opening Bemidji facility

WDIONortheast Minnesota Celebrates Increase In Small Businesses

Rochester Post BulletinDMC sees $131.1M in private investment

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Austin Daily Herald: The importance of agriculture in Minnesota classrooms


WatchdogMinnesota job growth lags; tax reform seen as one solution

Mankato Free PressLocal job gains in February far outpace rest of state

KEYCJobs-A-Plenty: Mankato Area Seeing Economic Boom

Star TribuneMinnesota sees dip of 1,300 jobs in February

Pioneer PressMinnesota lost 1,300 jobs in February, unemployment rate still drops to 3.2 percent

Albert Lea TribuneMinnesota’s unemployment rate dips to 3.2 percent

KUDZ/KARPState unemployment rate slightly down in February

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Star TribuneCommercial shipping season begins at Duluth-Superior Port

Hometown FocusShipping season opener is a reminder of Minnesota iron’s impact on region

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