Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 3/26/21

State and local taxes and spending

The Center Square: Minnesota Gov. Walz revises budget, drops some proposed tax hikes

Star Tribune: Gov. Tim Walz scales back proposed tax increases, boosts tax relief

Bemidji Pioneer: Gov. Tim Walz drops some tax hikes, offers tax relief in new budget plan

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz dials back on tax hikes for business in revised budget

Fox 9: Walz calls for tax breaks on PPP loans and jobless benefits, keeps other tax hikes in latest budget plan

Duluth News Tribune: An Economist’s View: Stop taxing to support more spending in St. Paul

Pioneer Press: Minnesota is flush with cash, but that hasn’t changed the budget debate. Here’s what to expect

Bring Me the News: Gov. Walz releases revised budget proposal, here’s what’s in it

KTOE: Tax increases are focus of hearings this week in MN House

KROC: Rochester’s 2020 Sales Tax Collections Hardly Affected By COVID

Star Tribune: Minnesota House Democrats present $52.5 billion budget plan

KSTP: Minnesota House DFL announces budget priorities

Albert Lea Tribune: Minnesota House Democrats present $52.5B budget plan

Pioneer Press: House DFL unveils budget proposal that largely aligns with Walz’s

Pioneer Press: Ramsey County’s economic plan puts racial equity as top priority, will require property tax hike to implement

Star Tribune: Minnesota music venues amp up #SaveMNstages bill for state pandemic relief

KBJR 6: GOP lawmakers, small businesses urge House Democrats to make loans tax exempt

Economic development

Star Tribune: Is Enbridge Line 3 needed? Key question lands before Minnesota appeals court next week

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Immigrants a boon for Minnesota economy, new report finds

Pioneer Press: MN Chamber of Commerce report shows immigrants’ role in economy

Park Rapids Enterprise: Report: Immigrant entrepreneurship lags in Minnesota

Wahepton Daily News: Small businesses remain backbone of MN economy

Star Tribune: Immigrants boost Minnesota’s economy

MPR News: 3 things to know about immigrants’ contributions to Minnesota’s economy

Minn Post: New report touts importance of immigrants to Minnesota’s economy

Bemidji Pioneer: Report: Immigrant entrepreneurship lags in Minnesota

Kare 11: In northern Minnesota, the Line 3 oil pipeline remains a lightning rod for debate

Economic growth

Star News: Chamber: What’s the plan for businesses in 2021?

Wadena Pioneer Journal: Hit hard by the pandemic, restaurants push on and push through

Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s View: E15 fuel bill threatens Minnesota economy


WDIO: Minnesota legislators call for reopening of U.S.-Canada border


The Caledonia Argus: Help available for farmers hurt by COVID

Labor market

Star Tribune: Turning point in Minnesota’s recovery as people find jobs

Twin Cities Business: Minnesota Adds Jobs in February, But Recovery Remains Uneven

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