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  • Jobs, revenue numbers headed in wrong direction

    Minnesota lost 4,200 jobs in July, and state government officials revised June’s job numbers downward by 3,600. June’s downgrade is the fifth consecutive downward revision of monthly job numbers by the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Notably, if not surprisingly, much of the job growth over the past year has been in government.

  • Minnesota near the top on state employee health plan spending

    The State of Minnesota offers extraordinarily generous health benefits for government employees, according to a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report includes data and 50-state comparisons on issues like employee health insurance premiums, cost-sharing arrangements, and analysis of provider networks. Among the findings from the Pew report: Minnesota is one of just a handful of states where state employees contribute an average of $0 to individual health plan premiums, with taxpayer...

  • Minimum wage hike goes into effect

    On August 1, Minnesota’s minimum wage increased to $8.00 an hour in the first of three incremental increases that will culminate with a $9.50 minimum wage in 2016. Fox 21 News in Duluth-Superior has a good story on the law’s impact on one local employer, Grandma’s Restaurant Company, which employs 400-600 people in its restaurants. Grandma’s regional manager Tony Boen told Fox 21 that the company’s restaurants have already begun raising prices in response to the minimum wage hike and are also lo...

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