Minnesota’s economic news, w/e 5/31/19

State and local taxes

Pioneer PressNo gas tax or tab fee hikes, but roads and bridges get funding boost; slowpokes must move over

Albert Lea Tribune: Peggy Bennett: Taxes, transparency issues slow budget process

Pioneer PressAre you getting a tax cut? Some Minnesotans will. What about corporate tax rates?

Fox 9Minnesota House, Senate pass budget bill, ending special session

Mankato Free PressOur View: Legislature: Minnesota became better with bipartisan budget

InforumWhat got done: A summary of the 2019 Minnesota legislative session

KNSI: Lawmakers pass state budget

WCCOIt Was Messy, But Gov. Tim Walz & Lawmakers Found A Way To Finish The 2019 Session

Winona Daily NewsWalz fights to a draw, comes away with a win

Mankato Free PressWhat did, didn’t happen in 2019 legislative session

Marshall IndependentSwedzinski pleased tax hikes dropped by Walz, Democrats

Lillie NewsDakota County: A financial check-up

MPR NewsDaily Digest: More takes on session

Winona Daily News: Amid budget noise, Minnesota’s government grows about the same speed as the economy

Minn PostIncremental change, ‘lackluster’ year: Compromises all around in final Minnesota education budget

International Falls JournalOUR VIEW: Ready for next session

Star TribuneNew Minnesota law should make filing taxes simpler, cheaper

Economic development

Rochester Post BulletinLanesboro, Minnesota: From boom to bust to boom again

Detroit Lakes OnlineGuest editorial: Strides and divides in this part of MN

Southernminn.comInfrastructure: Devise a plan to begin long overdue repairs

Mankato Free PressAsk Us: Greater Minnesota gets its fair share of gas tax revenue

Duluth News TribuneLocal View: Truth on TIF may not be what you heard

Pioneer PressWith Minnesota’s economy booming, should state tap into its savings to make budget?

Crookston TimesLGA increase means Crookston’s in line to receive $136K more in 2020

MPR NewsChris Farrell’s Conversation on the Creative Economy: medical entrepreneurs

MPR News: Daily Digest: Polymet, Franken, school lunch

KNSI: Becker plant closure gets mixed reactions

Business NorthAppeals Court sides with PolyMet on challenge

KBJR 6Environmental groups lose cases regarding PolyMet project

Crookston TimesMinnesota Legislature – $5M for Soy Innovation Campus here approved

CBS 3Environmental groups lose cases regarding PolyMet project

Business NorthAppeals Court sides with PolyMet on challenge

Star TribunePolyMet Mining, DNR win a round with Minnesota appeals court ruling

MPR NewsCourt denies request for additional environmental review of PolyMet mine

Minn PostLosing the Amazon HQ bid may have been very good for Minnesota’s fiscal health

Labor market

Pioneer PressBusiness changes: Protection from wage theft, no pre-emption of city rules on benefits

Pioneer PressJennifer Schellenberg: Democratic Party leaders should listen to tipped workers

Business NorthLabor shortage may cast a cloud over Duluth’s ambitious construction schedule


Minn PostDuring the 1980s farm crisis, Minnesota lost more than 10,000 farms

WNAXMinnesota Legislature’s Special Session Positive For Agriculture


Grand Rapids Herald Review: Minnesota Chamber to Congress: Trade agreement will grow exports, economy

KELOMinnesota exports up 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019

Pioneer PressMN exports continue growth after record 2018. Which countries bought the most

Star TribuneMinnesota exports rise to $5.4 billion despite trade war with China, others

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