Minnesota’s Economic News — W/E 4/5/24


Star Tribune: Can Minnesota find a path forward for Uber and Lyft drivers?

Star Tribune: Here’s how Uber and Lyft are trying to get their way in Minnesota

Star Tribune: Counterpoint: Legislators must support Minnesota’s forest products sector

WCCO: The Drivers Cooperative may be the solution if Lyft, Uber leave Minneapolis

Kare 11: Rideshare Co-Op coming to Twin Cities

B105: New Minnesota Bill Will Make Hiring An Unlicensed Painter Illegal 

WCCO: Gov. Tim Walz: Replacement app before Uber and Lyft leave Minneapolis is “magical thinking,” wants solution so companies stay

Star Tribune: Uber, Lyft should know that local riders will find alternatives

WCCO: Lyft offers Minneapolis City Council a rideshare wage compromise to avoid “disastrous outcome”

The Minnesota Daily: Bill would increase minimum wage to $15, eventually $20

Star Tribune: Close the ‘rent-a-bank’ loophole in Minnesota

MPR News: With the future of rideshare in Minneapolis in limbo, state lawmakers revise a bill vetoed last year

KROC: Uber & Lyft Plan to Leave Minneapolis, Here’s Who May Take Over

MPR News: Lyft attempts negotiation on Minneapolis drivers’ wage increase 

Bring Me the News: What’s the latest on the rideshare situation in Minneapolis?

Economic growth

The Timberjay: Data reflects vibrance of Ely economy

Minn Post: Wealth gap in Minnesota on the rise, data shows

Labor market

KROC: Two Straight Months of Rising Jobless rates in SE Minnesota 

KRWC: Unemployment in Wright County Up for Second Consecutive Month

State and local taxes and spending

KDHL: Report: Minnesota has 7th highest tax burden

MPR News: St. Paul’s 1 percent sales tax bump has started. Here’s what’s changing first

KNSI: Minnesota Taxes Among Highest In The Country

WCCO: St. Paul’s 1% sales tax increase goes into effect, funding road and park improvements

Minnesota Reformer: Legislature considering up-front sales tax break for corporations’ data centers in Minnesota

Park Rapids Enterprise: Changes to utility, pipeline, railroad taxes would shift burden onto Minnesotans

Pilot-Independent: Seasonal tax base replacement aid is needed for education fairness