Governor Dayton visits the Center and Newport Laboratories.

 

Manufacturing expansions in Minnesota are booming, creating jobs

Star Tribune | January 4, 2014

After years of cutting jobs and ­scaling back operations, Minnesota’s big manufacturers have turned to a new method of building prosperity: bricks and mortar.

Company expansions are all the rage in Minnesota, where state officials estimate that 112 construction projects worth $800 million were underway or recently completed just through the third quarter. Of those, more than $500 million are by manufacturers such as 3M, Shutterfly, Toro, Proto Labs, Datacard, AGCO, Valspar and Viracon.

“There was definitely an increase from last year in the number of expansions we saw. And we still have a whole quarter to go,” said Madeline Koch, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Fourth-quarter expansions, renovations and relocations could bring in another $200 million when they’re tallied, she said. [Read More]


Education bill will help students prepare for jobs of the future

Fairmont Sentinel | December 31, 2013

During the waning hours of the 2013 session, the Minnesota Legislature passed an omnibus education bill, which had been signed by Gov. Mark Dayton on May 23. Part of this lengthy document creates the "World's Best Workforce," a simple name for a program that will have far-reaching effects on every public school student in the state.

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, by the year 2020, almost three-fourths of all the jobs in the state will require some post-secondary education. Half of these jobs will require a bachelor's degree or beyond, with the remainder requiring a certificate, diploma or associate's degree. [Read More]


Dayton's right: It's too cold for school

Star Tribune | January 4, 2014

Minnesotans boast that they’re tough enough to handle winter’s worst. But it will take smarts, not toughness, to survive the extreme cold that’s forecast for the next few days. That’s what Gov. Mark Dayton exhibited Friday when he canceled public school classes statewide on Monday. We join him in reminding Minnesotans of all ages to respect the weather. [Read More]

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Dayton delayed health care cuts for thousands of senior citizens

Star Tribune | January 3, 2014

The State of Minnesota is delaying a set of Medicaid rule changes that would have caused thousands of low-income elderly Minnesotans to lose government benefits covering home and nursing care.

The changes were due to take effect with the new year on Wednesday. But after an outcry from advocates for senior citizens and the poor, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the state Department of Human Services (DHS) to postpone them for a year. [Read More]


Funding boost means more school days for kids

More state funding may mean end of 4-day school weeks for North Branch students

MPR | January 1, 2014

One of the handful of rural Minnesota school districts with a four-day school week is considering going back to a five-day week.

North Branch adopted a four-day week in 2009 as a way to save money on energy, transportation, and substitute teacher costs.

But last session lawmakers made a change to the state education funding formula. That will give the 3,200 student district a boost of more than $1.5 million in per pupil funding starting next fall. [Read More]


Minnesota business conditions soar in December

Star Tribune | January 2, 2014

Minnesota’s manufacturers closed out 2013 on a high note as they benefited from solid increases in sales, new orders and a jump in employment.

December was the 13th consecutive month of growth, with factory conditions surging in the second half of the year, according to a closely watched report Thursday by Creighton University. The news punctuates the ongoing comeback among Minnesota’s manufacturers, which added thousands of jobs last year and have returned production to the state from overseas.

“Durable-goods manufacturers and engineering services firms ended the year growing at a very healthy pace,” said report author and Creighton economics professor Ernie Goss. [Read More]

 


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