Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 5/3/19

State and local taxes

WatchdogWith four weeks left, Legislature remains divided over spending and taxes

Bring Me the NewsGov. Tim Walz’s tax plan would hit the poor more than the rich

Duluth News TribuneMinnesota lawmakers agree to pursue conformity with federal tax rules, but disagree on how to get there

Red Wing Republican EagleColumn: More taxes is the wrong approach for Minnesota

Pioneer PressComparing tax plans: Republicans and Democrats at odds over who gets a tax break

Detroit Lakes OnlineGuest Editorial: Chamber sounds alarm on taxes

Star TribuneFairness is built into state’s tax code; gas tax wouldn’t end that

Star TribuneMinnesota House passes transportation bill with gas tax hike

WCCOMinnesota House Passes Gas Tax Hike

MPR NewsHouse passes gas tax increase, but Senate likely to hit brakes

Bring Me the NewsHow much would a 20-cent gas tax hike actually cost you?

Albert Lea Tribune: My Point of View: Work to eliminate waste on state government

Brainerd DispatchOur Opinion: The cost of mandated paid leave is too much

Fox 9House Democrats approve gas tax hike, gun control over GOP opposition

WatchdogHouse passes $1 billion in new taxes despite already record high tax revenue

KIMT 3: Minnesotans still torn as House passes bill with gas tax hike

Minn PostLegislative tax plans: Equitable, inspirational or destructive?

St. Cloud TimesMinnesota House passes transportation bill with gas tax hike

Star TribuneTaxes and the legislative session: Stop attacking large Minnesota employers

KDHL: Minnesota and federal tax code conformity

Pioneer PressSenate approves transportation funding bill that excludes gas tax increase

KDHL: Minnesota buffer tax credit

St. Cloud TimesProposed tax plan by Walz, Democrats would hurt Minnesotans

Brainerd DispatchLueck lambasts gas tax as unnecessary burden on Minnesotans

Pipestone County StarRecord lodging tax collected in 2018

The Caledonia ArgusRep. Davids opposes House Democrat $3 billion tax increase plan

Fox 9Minnesota lawmakers get off to rocky start in budget negotiations

Duluth News TribuneWalz pushes to keep medical provider tax as budget talks begin

ABC NewspapersLetter: Governor’s budget is bad for MN

Pioneer PressDebate over paid family leave divides Minnesota lawmakers


Echo PressAnderson: Bill missed opportunity to aid ag

Morrison County RecordState should invest in Minnesota’s dairy farms

Mankato Free PressFarmers need support in tough economy

Austin Daily HeraldSparks: Fortifying support for Minnesota’s agriculture industry

The GlobeColumn: Fighting for southern Minnesota farmers

Grand Forks HeraldOur view: Bipartisan first step toward better roads

Rochester Post BulletinFarmers pitch ways to help small dairies relief

Economic development

St. Cloud TimesAffordable housing needed for economic growth

Duluth News TribuneLocal View: Manufacturing industry relies on people, not machines

KAALTVMore than “Minnesota Nice”

Star TribuneE-12 education funding in Minnesota must keep up with demands and costs

Labor market

Rochester Post BulletinMinnesota had 1.4 job openings for every unemployed person at end of 2018

The DayWhen minimum wage goes up, teen jobs go down

Duluth News TribuneMinn. Senate GOP moves to nix $15 minimum wage in Twin Cities

Rochester Post BulletinOther view: If you’re graduating, give manufacturing a look

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalMinnesota GOP tries to undo $15 minimum wage rules in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Granite Falls Advocate TribuneState job vacancies climb to 137,000 in fourth quarter of ’18

Hometown SourceJob vacancies climb to 137,000 in 4th quarter 2018

KEYCDisabled Workers May Be The Answer To Labor Shortage

Economic growth

Rochester Post BulletinSurvey suggests economic growth ahead for Midwest, Plains

Star TribuneManufacturing in Minnesota in April grew faster than region, nation

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