Minnesota cafe shows customers the cost of minimum wage hike, Internet gets mad

By   /  August 13, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Issues, Minnesota, National, News, State Government  /  No Comments

MID-DAY AT THE OASIS: The Oasis Cafe is about as nondescript as any other small diner in middle America - you'd drive right past it if you weren't looking for it.  But it's been at the latest epicenter in the national political fight over the minimum wage.

The higher minimum wage means higher costs for many businesses in Minnesota, hitting small restaurants and other mom and pop shops particularly hard. Many likely will increase their prices a few cents to cover those costs. Some may lay off staff or avoid hiring new workers. In either case, there are consequences of a higher minimum wage, but they remain unseen.

At the Oasis Café, owner Craig Beemer decided to make the costs visible — right at the bottom of each customer’s check.

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Navy shipbuilding crisis has far-reaching consequences

By   /  August 7, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, Business, Economy, Military, Mississippi, News  /  No Comments


The U.S. Navy’s shipbuilding crisis is demonstrating far-reaching effects on the nation’s economy and foreign policy goals.

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EPA-approved E-15 gas drives buyer-beware campaign

By   /  August 4, 2014  /  Business, Energy and Environment, Minnesota, Regulations  /  No Comments

LOOK BEFORE YOU PUMP: National retail chains and power equipment and boat motor manufacturers have launched  a PR campaign to educate consumers on E-15 gasoline.  EPA photo.

You might log a lot of miles looking for a filling station selling E-15, even three years after the EPA approved the new ethanol blend for use in 2001 and later model and flex-fuel vehicles.

If — not necessarily when — you find one, the nation’s biggest manufacturers and retailers of small engine—powered tools, snowmobiles, ATVs and boats have launched a PR campaign to make sure you to “look before you pump” and potentially make a costly mistake.

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New EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants could cost Mississippi billions

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Government Regulation, Mississippi  /  No Comments

PHOTO BY: Mississippi Power

The cost for Mississippi to meet proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations governing carbon dioxide emissions from coal power plants could run into the billions.

Guess who’ll be footing the tab? Everyone who pays an electric bill.

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Minnesota doubles down on nation’s top biodiesel law

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Business, Energy and Environment, Legislature, Minnesota, News, transportation  /  No Comments

WHEN YOU GOTTA GO: Some MN truckers go out of their way to refueling instate due to concerns over nation leading 10 percent biodiesel mandate.  Kottke Trucking photo.

Fill it up with diesel fuel. Just do it in Fargo, Sioux Falls, Eau Claire — or any truck stop across the Minnesota border.

That’s the road map for fueling 90 big rigs operated by Kottke Trucking, the result of plan driven by a state biodiesel B10 rule, which the Minnesota company calls “unfair, expensive and wrong.”

Minnesota became the first state to require every gallon of diesel contain at least 10 percent biodiesel — produced mostly with homegrown soybeans — as of July 1.

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Ride-sharing compromise may be near in New Mexico

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Business, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments


There’s a possible breakthrough in the standoff between ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft and PRC regulators. But will the commissioners approve a rules change?

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