Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 4/5/19

Sate and local taxes

Star TribuneStakes high as Enbridge, Xcel and others challenge property tax bills

Morrison County RecordGovernor Walz’s proposed tax increases over the top

St.Cloud TimesGovernor’s budget proposal leans too heavily on businesses

Wahepton Daily NewsGovernor Walz budget misses the mark

Hutchinson LeaderTalking taxes with local legislators

St. Cloud TimesGOP Senate’s budget plan spends $1.75 billion less than governor’s

ABC 6Entrepreneurs Discuss Governor’s Budget

Pine and Lakes Echo JournalGuest Opinion: It’s time to eliminate fraud and waste in state programs

Winona Daily NewsMinnesota, Winona chambers of commerce call for competitive taxes, fewer state mandates

Minn PostDivided Legislature very divided over gas tax hike

Duluth News TribunePump the brakes: Gas tax hike hits a snag in Minnesota Senate

WCCOTransportation Taxes, Spending Take Center Stage At Capitol

Pioneer PressGas tax hike hits a snag in Minnesota Senate, and time is running out

KARE 11Proposed gas tax hike divides MN drivers

KDUZ: Transportation taxes, spending take centre stage at MN capitol

KDUZ: Gov. stresses education, health care, transportation in state the state address

Austin Daily Herald: Governor’s budget proposal cannot be sustained

Winona PostSave the provider tax

Brainerd DispatchCass County Board: Commissioners support more state transportation funding, but not for light rail

Fergus Falls Daily Journal: How are your tax dollars spent?

Brainerd DispatchReader Opinion: Taxed too much


Rochester Post BulletinFarmers, banker, researcher explain economics of milking cows

Star Tribune‘There’s bleeding going on’ in U.S. farm economy, ag lender says

MPR NewsMexico buys a lot of Minnesota turkeys — a border closure could change that

MPR NewsComing up: Are we on the cusp of another farm crisis?

Economic development

ABC 6Rochester Roundtable on Minnesota Innovation Collaborative

Duluth News TribuneLawmaker’s View: Replacing Line 3 remains the right path forward

Duluth News TribuneLocal View: No good reason for Walz’s Line 3 delay

Star NewsCounty OKs tax abatement for Google data center

MPR NewsChris Farrell’s Conversation on the Creative Economy: Small business, big data

CBS 3REIF event focuses on economies of northern MN, WI

Minn PostIn Minnesota and nationally, our youngest learners need greater support

Star TribuneHere’s what Minnesota must do to fully staff a growing economy

Grand Rapids Herald Review: Itasca area remains optimistic, despite economic uncertainty finds rural pulse

Labor market

KSTPSt. Paul Saints players’ salaries up for debate at the Capitol

St. James PlaindealerMinnesota’s unemployment rate is at 3.1 percent

WCCOTwin Cities Restaurants Tack On Fees To Offset Health Care Costs

Minn PostOne of the most in-demand jobs in Minnesota is in health care. Specifically, one of the lowest paid jobs in health care

Fox 9Court of Appeals upholds Minneapolis’ $15 minimum wage

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalTarget will raise its minimum wage to $13 starting in June

WCCOTarget To Boost Minimum Wage To $13 An Hour This June

Economic growth

Star TribuneMidwest manufacturers’ business conditions best since August

MPR NewsSurvey suggests more economic growth for Midwest, Plains

The Virginian PilotMidwest economy: March state-by-state glance


Sleepy Eye Herald DispatchMinnesota exports hit record high during 2018

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