Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 4/2/21

State and local taxes and spending

Grand Forks Herald: Summer school funds, tax relief stuck as Minnesota lawmakers prepare for recess

Star Tribune: You know the story on Minnesota’s taxing, spending results — don’t you?

KNSI: Minnesota’s Tax Burden Sixth Highest in Nation, Report Finds

Labor market

WCCO: Minnesota Unemployment Dropped To 4.3% In February; People Of Color Disproportionately Impacted

KTOE: Minnesota’s unemployment rate drops slightly

KDAL: Minnesota February Unemployment Rate At 4.3%

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Unemployment rates for Minnesotans of color ‘remain stubbornly high’ in February

Grand Rapids Herald Review: With a few setbacks, Minnesota continues job gains

Wahepton Daily News: Youth jobs can have place in any industry

Star Tribune: Workforce shortage constrains growth in Duluth area

KROC: Employment in Rochester Remains 1000 Below Pre-Pandemic Level

Inforum: Letter: Cut Minnesota’s corporate income tax to boost entrepreneurship

Detroit Lakes Online: Sen. Kent Eken floats abolishing property tax during DFL forum on rural-urban divide

Star Tribune: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz aims to cut red tape, boost welfare benefits for poor families

Economic development

Star Tribune: Biden’s infrastructure plans could bring billions of dollars to Minnesota

KIMT 3: Minnesota DEED aiming to market state as premier hub for startups

Kare 11: Walz team talks inclusion, equity in state grants

Pine Journal: Line 3 promised to be a boon to northern Minnesota’s economy. Halfway into construction, has it lived up to its promise?

Duluth News Tribune: Our View: Scrap general study for fair, thorough review of underground mining plan

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Why Minnesota’s business starts are up 30% according to DEED’s Steve Grove


WTIP: Minnesota elected officials continue to push for reopening of US-Canada border


Star Tribune: Minnesota’s farms and food industry face another pandemic growing season


Inforum: Letter: Bill in Minnesota Legislature would hurt border state businesses

Detroit Lakes Online: Commentary: Let’s support businesses – by giving them more regulations

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