Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 5/1/20

State and local taxes and spending

MPR NewsMore Minnesota counties grant tax deadline flexibility

Star TribuneWill businesses suffer Minnesota tax headache from relief programs?

Star TribuneMinnesota cities scramble as budgets take hits from the virus

Star TribuneLess driving means fewer funds to fix Minnesota’s roads

Business NorthShort-term rentals pose taxation dilemma

The NeighborFederal aid to Minnesota makes up 26% of its yearly general fund budget

Aitkin AgeCounty board weighing penalties on property tax

Star TribuneMinnesota Republicans shelve state Social Security tax repeal

Park Rapids EnterpriseBusinesses seek property tax relief during COVID-19

Star TribuneMinnesota Senate clears tax breaks in face of coronavirus pandemic

MPR NewsMN Senate passes GOP tax bill that delays payments

Economic growth

KTOEWalz relaxing COVID restrictions on some MN businesses

WDIOWalz sets criteria for businesses to reopen

Wahepton Daily NewsMinnesota Chamber releases ‘best practices’ for returning to work safely

Mesabi Daily NewsReduction in production: Idling drops pellet forecast

KSTPGov. Walz signs executive order authorizing out-of-state health care professionals to work in Minnesota

The Globe: Column: Working together to keep the economy moving forward

Rochester Post BulletinWhat will it look like when Minnesota’s economy begins to open?

KIMT3: Reopening Rochester’s economy goes beyond the idea of lives vs. livelihoods

Star TribuneAs many as 20,000 Minnesota businesses could reopen Monday, but will they?

Duluth News Tribune‘It’s just one more kick in the stomach:’ Already reeling from COVID-19 closures, Iron Range braces for mining layoffs

KNSI: Minnesota senator voices concern over rural economy

KIMT3: Minnesota’s state economist: ‘It’s very uncertain to know what’s going to happen with the economy’

Star TribuneLawmakers weigh building projects to boost Minnesota’s economy in pandemic

KSTPCambria CEO urges Gov. Walz to reopen economy

MPR NewsLatest on COVID-19 in MN: Walz to share plan for restarting economy

Le Sueur County News: Le Sueur County declines to abate late fees ahead of property tax deadline

Hibbing Daily TribuneLislegard discusses virus impact on the Range, plan to open

WCCOCoronavirus In Minnesota: Struggling Small Businesses Band Together To Sue Gov. Tim Walz

Mankato Free PressLawmakers: No consensus on how fast state should reopen

Kare 11Small business coalition sues state of MN for right to reopen

Labor market

KROC: Minnesota Now Paying Jobless Benefits to Self-Employed Workers

MPR NewsMN jobs market has taken some hits, but it’s still standing

Business North: Northeast Minnesota’s unemployment still climbing

Alexandria Echo PressDouglas County weathers staggering jobless claims

Wahepton Daily NewsMinn. economic and employment

Mankato Free PressUnemployment claims at 18% of Blue Earth County’s labor force

Economic development

Grand Forks HeraldMinnesota awards innovation grants to 11 companies


Star TribuneMinnesota farmers trying to find markets for their hogs — and save their livelihoods


MPR NewsMinnesota nurses’ union criticizes order allowing out-of-state medical workers

Twin Cities BusinessCraft Breweries Call for Regulatory Relief