Minnesota’s Economic News — W/E 3/31/22


CBS News: Push at State Capitol to end subminimum wage for people with disabilities

Star Tribune: Counterpoint: Real equality recognizes differences

InForum: Letter: By eliminating wages for the disabled, Minnesota Legislature will hurt rather than help

State and local taxes and spending

Associated Press: New Minnesota budget targets include $3 billion for tax cuts

Minnesota Reformer: Minnesota’s next two-year budget targets, explained

Minn Post: Lawmakers consider influx of cash for Minnesota cities, counties facing inflation

Twin Cities Business: Why Dozens of Minnesota Cities Are Pursuing Tax Hikes

Minnesota Reformer: Democrats propose quarter-cent sales tax to fund new rental assistance program

Minn Post: Legislative proposal would add fees to Uber rides, Amazon deliveries to fund Minnesota transportation

Pioneer Press: Minn. Senate GOP offers new deal on Social Security tax, bonding

KTTC: Republicans propose path forward for state bonding bill

MPR News: Legislature sets out to build a budget  — a big one

Alexandria Echo Press: Proposed Minnesota paid leave program comes with big startup costs, generous benefits

Minnesota Reformer: Minnesota’s tax code should be based on ability to pay, not year of birth

CBS News: St. Paul Mayor pushing for new sales and use tax

KSTP: St. Paul seeking sales tax increase to fix roads

Minn Post: Sales tax for affordable housing? No, say metro cities and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Star Tribune: The many reasons a gas tax hike is overdue in Minnesota

Willmar Radio: Wallethub: MN is 8th highest-taxed state in U.S.

KNSI: Minnesota Ranks Eighth Highest in U.S. for Tax Burden

Voice of Alexandria: Minnesotans one of the most taxed states, Alaska lowest

Labor market

Star Tribune: Minnesota has finally recovered all private sector jobs lost in pandemic

KTTC: DEED: Minnesota private job sector recovers from pandemic job loss, adds 2000

Twin Cities Business: Private Sector Jobs Now Exceed Pre-Pandemic Numbers

KROC: MN Finally Recoups Private Sector Jobs Lost to COVID Shutdown

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Minnesota employers add 10,000 jobs in February; private sector wipes out pandemic losses

Southern Minnesota News: Private job sector recovers from COVID-19 pandemic

KAALTV: DEED: Minnesota private sector fully recovers from pandemic job loss

Voice of Alexandria: Minnesota job market bouncing back

Fox 9: MN private sector job numbers recover from pandemic losses, DEED says

CBS News: DEED: Minnesota has “completely recovered” private sector jobs lost during initial stages of pandemic

Lakes Area Radio: Minnesota Posts Another Month of Strong Job Growth; Private Sector Fully Recovers From Pandemic Job Loss

New Ulm Journal: Subminimal wages have a place in workplace

Economic growth

KFGO: ‘Shark Tank’ star praises North Dakota economy, takes dig at Minnesota

Economic development

Minn Post: With copper-nickel mining uncertainty, how long will mining be a steady economic driver in Minnesota?

KSTP: DNR to hold hearing Monday on permit for proposed copper nickel mine


Alexandria Echo Press: Minnesota soybean growers express disappointment in budget agreement