Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 7/31/20

Labor market

Star TribuneHere’s why the $600 weekly jobless benefit meant so much to the U.S. economy

KEYCCOVID-19 unemployment benefits about to expire

WCCOExtra $600 Unemployment Checks To End This Weekend

Star TribuneLaid-off Minnesotans face a financial cliff with end of extra $600 payments

State and local taxes and spending

Finance & CommerceQ&A: Bonding needed ‘now more than ever before’

Morrison County RecordMore than 27,400 businesses applied for small business relief

Economic growth

Twin Cities BusinessMinnesota New Business Filings Up 21 Percent Since Early June

Monticello TimesImmigration reform needed more than ever in Minnesota

Finance & CommerceNew data warns of ‘potential softening’ of state’s economy

Twin Cities BusinessMinnesota Chamber: State’s ‘Initial Recovery Is Underway’

Economic development

Duluth News Tribune: Reader’s View: Listen to PUC, start Line 3 project

The Ripon AdvanceMinnesota Republicans tout planned environmental impact study for home-state mining project


Star TribuneMinnesota businesses need relief from COVID restrictions before it’s too late

Star Tribune: Mask mandate isn’t playing well on some factory floors in Minnesota

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