Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 4/9/21

State and local taxes and spending

Grand Rapids Herald Review: Here Is How Much People Pay in Taxes in Minnesota

Marshall Independent: Daudt hopeful for more tax breaks

Inforum: Area Minnesota cities maintain healthy budget balances despite pandemic

Mankato Free Press: Throw out harmful vape tax bill

Star Tribune: Minnesota House Democrats join Walz in push for tax increase on wealthy

The Center Square: Minnesota GOP, DFL spar over proposed tax hikes

Pioneer Press: Minnesota House Democrats detail budget bills focused on education, pandemic relief

WIZM: Minnesota House Democrats look to cut taxes for some, raise taxes on others and increase spending on education, COVID recovery

Winona Daily News: Miller introduces bill to fully exempt Social Security from state income taxes

Austin Daily Herald: Minnesota lawmakers ready to tackle budget

Minn Post: House DFLers’ tax proposal includes breaks on PPP loans, jobless benefits; adds fifth income tax bracket

KROC: Minnesotans Will See Expanded Tax Credits Through MNsure

Finance & Commerce: Bill would extend historic tax credit

KFGO: Republicans oppose gas tax increase in Minnesota House transportation bill

Detroit Lakes Online: Should Minnesota phase-out property taxes? A proposal by Sen. Kent Eken would do just that

Hutchinson Leader: Commentary: Cut corporate taxes to boost entrepreneurship

Bloomberg Tax: Minnesota Landowners Wrongly Taxed by Nearby Drainage Area

The Globe: Letter: Extend Minnesota’s Historic Tax Credit

KTOE: Gas Tax Debate Fuels Up Again

Willmar Radio: DFL proposes gas tax increase

Grand Forks Herald: Minnesota panel green-lights 5-cent gas tax hike for road, bridge repairs

MPR News: House roads plan includes higher gas tax

Fergus Falls Journal: Tax increases are unnecessary, especially amid vast state surplus

Mankato Free Press: Vape tax would protect more children

Sun Current: Sen. Franzen introduces local option sales tax bill

Economic growth

Park Rapids Enterprise: Hubbard County cities keep pace with statewide growth trend

Star Tribune: Survey: strong economic growth continues in the region

WCCO: As More Are Vaccinated, Restaurants Replacing ‘Closed’ Signs With ‘Now Hiring’

WXOW: Tourism rates fall but outdoor recreation sees massive increase over the last year

Star Tribune: Minnesota breweries drained by pandemic as on-site sales dried up

KSTP: Pandemic dropped Minnesota brewery sales by 18%, U of M survey shows

Twin Cities Business: Minnesota Craft Breweries’ Sales Dipped 18 Percent in 2020

Bring Me the News: Minnesota breweries saw sales, revenue drop in 2020

Twin Cities Business: Minnesota Retail Sales Gains Lag U.S. Average

KSTP: Pandemic dropped Minnesota brewery sales by 18%, U of M survey shows

KDAL: Essentia Project Stimulates Regional Economy

Labor market

Wahepton Daily News: MN unemployment rate continues to drop

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Job recovery coming for communities of color this year, but trailing state overall, forecast says

Star Tribune: St. Cloud area sees ‘jaw-droppingly large’ decline in labor force during pandemic

Grand Rapids Herald Review: Youth, unemployed can match with employers through virtual job fair

Economic development

Star Tribune: ‘So far behind’: Minnesotans eye federal infrastructure bill for languishing projects

Albert Lea Tribune: Editorial Roundup: Immigrants boost the state of Minn.’s economy

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal: Immigrant entrepreneurship in Minnesota lags the rest of the nation, new report says

Mankato Free Press: Our View: State needs immigrants to succeed

Minn Post: How Minnesota became an international center of food manufacturing and research

Business North: Broadband roundtable: Internet access and speed are key to economic growth, business vitality, health and education

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