Minnesota’s Economic News – W/E 8/21/20

State and local taxes and spending

The Center SquareFrey proposes 5.7 percent property tax increase, recommends police hiring freeze

WCCOMayor Frey Says Proposed Budget Could Mean 100 Less Cops In Minneapolis

KAALTVAustin taxpayers could see a 4% increase in 2021

Rochester Post BulletinTrickle down: State deficit will take bite out of city, county budgets

Economic development

WCCOFluence Forum – Enbridge Line 3 replacement project sits ready for construction

Star TribuneMinnesota and private partners need to support rebuilding inner-city commercial corridors

Bemidji Pioneer: Letter to the Editor: Line 3 will aid speedy economic recovery

Rochester Post BulletinLetter: Line 3 would give economy a boost

Star TribuneNew firm hopes to fill hole in Twin Cities startup funding

Duluth News TribuneIn Response: Plan for ‘just transition’ includes replacing Line 3

Duluth News TribuneMinnesota environmental groups announce new Line 3 appeal

The Center SquareGov. Walz’s administration to challenge Line 3 approval

Bemidji Pioneer: Line 3 tribal spending having positive impact

Star TribuneGov. Tim Walz’s appeal of Enbridge pipeline decision doesn’t sit well with construction unions

Labor market

Red Lake Nation NewsNo college degree? No problem. Many jobs in demand now don’t require one

KEYCDEED: no degree needed for most jobs in demand

Wadena Pioneer JournalUnemployment impacts area unevenly with Wadena now at 7.7%

Star TribuneMinnesota’s job growth slows in July as unemployment rate falls to 7.7%

WCCOMinnesota shows growth in employment numbers while pandemic continues

Mankato Free PressLocal job numbers down but perform far better than rest of state

WCCOMinnesota’s Unemployment Rate Dropped To 7.7% In July, But Job Growth Slows

Minn PostMinnesota unemployment rate drops to 7.7% for July

KAALTVDEED: Unemployment in Minnesota fell to 7.7% in July

KTOEMN Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7%

MPR NewsMinnesota unemployment rate falls to 7.7 percent

KROC: Minnesota Still Down About 256,000 Jobs From Last Year

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