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.
TakeAction Minnesota, a hard-left pressure group that is funded in large part by labor unions, announced a new policy proposal ostensibly aimed at helping low-wage workers. According to In These Times, which covers labor movement news, TakeAction is proposing a so-called “Bad Boss Tax” to be introduced in the Minnesota legislature next year. Excerpt: "It’s developing the framework for a bill that it hopes will be introduced in 2015 by state legislators who have worked with the network in the pas...
New wheelage tax: Isanti County commissioners approved a $10 wheelage tax this month. According to the Isanti County News, county finance director Chad Struss said, "the projected $339,000 revenue is equivalent to a 2 percent property tax levy increase." In a memo to the county board, Struss explained: "From a budget standpoint, the additional revenue would certainly be helpful. The 2015 budget will be difficult to balance without an increase in the property tax levy or a reduction of service le...
Among the myriad spending hikes passed in the 2013 legislative session was a huge boost to Local Government Aid (LGA). LGA is the redistributive aid program that transfers state tax dollars to cities, an arrangement that proponents dubiously claim "buys down" local property taxes. In reality, LGA does no such thing, as MinnPost recently noted: "Historically, over the last four decades, property tax relief provided in the form of increased aid to local governments has been eroded quickly by incre...
FFM hosts capacity crowd for John Stossel, Tax Freedom Day on April 22, As the Turbine Turns, local government lobbying for federal funds, and a quote of the week from Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Featuring: Minnesota Non-Profits Receive $440,000 to Fight Keystone XL Pipeline, Monticello muni-fiber gets the MPR treatment, Stossel special promotion, Human Achievement Hour, and more!
The Anoka County Board of Commissioners announced last week that their 2012 budget would include a reduction of property taxes of $8.14 million, marking a 7.43 percent decrease from the previous year and the first time in 30 years that spending for the next fiscal year will be less than the current budget projections.
St. Cloud Regional Airport (STC) touts lots of amenities on its website—a café, ATM, free wi-fi, free parking and a $5 million completely renovated terminal whose capacity went up dramatically from 30 to 200 travelers. There's also a new $750,000 passenger boarding bridge secured with federal stimulus funds to keep travelersout of the elements while catching a flight. One asset, however, the newly renovated airport notably lacks—commercial flights and passengers.
FFM CEO Annette Meeks' commentary piece on Minnesota's out-migration problem ran on MPR online today.
The Washington Examiner ran a short piece on the recently released taxpayer migration study from the Freedom Foundation. The article originally ran on 2/12/10 on the Washington Examiner website.
FFM's release was featured in the Daily Caller. The article discussed the release of our most recent report on tax out-migration. Be sure to check out the article, and go to our website for a free download of our report.
The Star Tribune's David Peterson wrote an article on FFM's latest report on tax migration. The article features FFM CEO Annette Meeks and a link to download the full report.
The AP story on the release of FFM's tax migration study ran in news outlets across the state and region, including the Bemidji Pioneer, the West Central Tribune, WCCO, and many more.
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