Harper's magazine profiles geriatric migrant workers in Minnesota

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In the August cover of Harper's magazine, Jessica Bruder writes of a tribe of geriatric migrant workers who "seem one injury or broken axle away from true homelessness." They travel the country in RVs, chasing seasonal, back-breaking employment, unable to retire.

Many wind up running the floors of an Amazon warehouse in Nevada. Some wind up picking raspberries in Vermont. And others, lifting sugar beet sacks in northwestern Minnesota.

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Minnesota's economy one of the fastest growing in the nation


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Resurgent medical technology, computer science boosting STEM wages in MN

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We know the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area's economy is doing reasonably well. Unemployment keeps going down. Wages are up. And it isn't just following the national economy either - it's doing better. But why?.

As it turns out, one reason for the boost has been Minnesota's high-tech sector, as the Twin Cities' STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs have seen some of the largest wage increases in the country, according to a report released yesterday by Bloomberg Rankings.

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Do Dayton, DFL deserve credit for MN's high rank in CNBC's Top States for Business?

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Do Dayton, DFL deserve credit for MN's high rank in CNBC's Top States For Business?

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The Dayton administration is crowing after Minnesota clocked in with a sixth-place finish in CNBC's Top States For Business 2014 list.

Matt Swenson, Dayton's press secretary, drew reporters' attention to the study yesterday, writing in an email, "Members of the Press - I wanted to make sure you saw this news release issued by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) this afternoon. CNBC just named Minnesota the 6th-best place to do business in the United States."

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DFL finally comes together on minimum wage hike

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Last year, bills raising the minimum wage from $6.15 passed the House and Senate. But the House wanted to raise the floor significantly higher than the Senate ($9.50 to $7.75, respectively), and DFL leaders never came to an agreement.

DFL leaders announced today, however, that not only have they come together behind the $9.50 figure, but they also support indexing the minimum wage to inflation beginning in 2018.

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Mark Dayton doesn't take credit for Minnesota's $1.2 billion surplus... sort of

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This morning, the Minnesota Management and Budget office announced the state is projected to have a budget surplus of $1.23 billion in the current biennium and $2.6 billion in the next.

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Hours later, Gov. Mark Dayton released a statement sharing his thoughts about the good news. And believe it or not, despite the dramatic turn in the state's economic fortunes since he first took office in early 2011 -- for instance, in February of that year, the budget forecast projected a $5 billion deficit for the fiscal year 2012-13 biennium -- Dayton doesn't take all the credit on behalf of himself and the DFL-controlled legislature.

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MNGOP Sen. Hann says he's not convinced income equality is such a bad thing

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During a Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy hearing about income equality on Wednesday, Sen. David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, argued that achieving greater income equality by increasing taxes on the rich wouldn't make Minnesota a better place.

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That's pretty standard Republican fare, but the ineloquent way he made his case came across as slightly callous and had Hann attempting to clarify himself after the Huffington Post picked up his comments in a report unflatteringly entitled, "GOP Lawmaker Not Convinced Income Inequality Is A 'Bad Thing.'"

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Minnesota is "biggest gainer" in Forbes' annual "Best States for Business" ranking

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There's been no shortage of good news about Minnesota's economy so far this year.
Minnesota is the eighth best state for business, according to the 2013 version of Forbes' annual ranking. That's up from 20th last year and represents the biggest jump of any state.

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Forbes writes that Minnesota's jump comes "on the strength of an improved economic outlook."

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Minnesota now has as many jobs as before the recession, but that doesn't tell the whole story

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The latest numbers from the state indicate that Minnesota has finally recovered all the jobs lost during the recession that began in early 2008.

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At the end of August, there were nearly 2.8 million jobs in Minnesota, which is the highest number since February 2008.

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Twin Cities has lowest unemployment of any major U.S. metro

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A slew of recent lists has named us snobby and brainy, bike-friendly and outdoorsy. But here's a ranking that carries a little more weight, and comes backed by harder data: The Twin Cities has the lowest unemployment of any major U.S. metro area, according to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Minnesota's economy one of the fastest growing in the nation

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Minnesota's economy: So hot right now.
The economic news out of the Land of 10,000 Lakes so this year has been remarkably good. For instance, we gained more jobs in a recent six-month stretch than any half-year since Reagan's heydey, our personal incomes increased more last year than just about all other states, and Minnesota's median income is among the highest in the country.

MEANWHILE: Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in 2011 and '12

And now comes news that Minnesota's economy grew at one of the fastest paces in all of America last year.

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