Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 3/9/17

Economic development

Fairmont SentinelBlue Earth nets $7.9M loan

Echo PressEDITORIAL: It’s not so bad around here

Rochester Post BulletinNew bill would set aside millions to help businesses in SE Minn.

Star Tribune: Community solar garden will be latest economic addition to West Broadway corridor on North Side

InforumCommentary: Dayton’s public works proposal is Minnesota common sense

Hutchinson LeaderTaking care of business

Duluth News TribuneGreat Lakes coalition descends on D.C.

Detroit Lakes OnlineNew study reveals significant impact of arts and culture on Becker County economy

Owatonna People’s Press: Rep. Brian Daniels: Tax Reform: Economies looking up at the state, national level

See our commentary on this here.


Winona Daily NewsThree questions facing Minnesota in wake of steel, aluminum tariffs

Fox 21Proposed Tariffs Could Have Significant Impact in the Northland

Minn PostTrump’s metal tariffs may provide a miner boost, but Minnesota industries see major problems ahead

Star Tribune: Tariff threats are bad for Minnesota

See our commentary on this here.

State taxes

Albert Lea TribuneColumn: Lawmakers should be cautious with surplus

Wahepton Daily NewsMinnesota projects $328M budget surplus

See our commentary on this here and here

Minimum wage laws

Southwest JournalCity wins court case on minimum wage

Minn PostAmid another debate over a local minimum wage, a question seldom asked: Why not get rid of tipping altogether?

Star TribuneCounterpoint: Minnesota legislator’s wage comparison shortchanges the public sector

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalJudge rejects challenge to Minneapolis $15 minimum wage

La Crosse TribuneTarget, seeing better candidates, raises starting pay, again

Aberdeen NewsTarget’s remake is accelerating, at a cost

WCCOTarget Takes Big Risk In Race To Modernize

Go MNTarget raises hourly minimum wage to $12


Farm ForumCommunity Supported Agriculture Farms now accepting sign-ups


Daily Energy InsiderBusiness Council for Sustainable Energy releases 2018 Minnesota State Energy Factsheet

Labor market

MPR NewsMinn. gains 2,500 jobs in January; 2017 gains cut

Star Tribune: Unemployment rate steady as Minnesota adds 2,500 jobs in January

Pioneer PressMN gained 2,500 jobs in January, unemployment remained steady

Twin Cities Business MagazineMinnesota is Falling Behind the Nation in Job Growth

Reliable PlantMinnesota Adds Manufacturing Jobs

See our commentary on this here

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