Minimum wage increase means higher costs for MN small businesses

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Economy, Minnesota, News, unions  /  No Comments

DairyQueen

By Eric Boehm | Minnesota Watchdog
MINNEAPOLIS — At Minnesota’s oldest Dairy Queen, owner Troy DeLeon frets about what a higher minimum wage would do to his business, where he has been serving customers for more than 20 years.
DeLeon sells small cones for $1.50 out of the front window of one of the few remaining old-style Dairy [...]

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MN minimum wage hike ‘another reason to relocate to North Dakota’

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  News, North Dakota  /  No Comments

POACHING BUSINESS: The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce upset some Minnesota officials with this billboard aimed at luring businesses across the border. Now the group behind the billboard says Minnesota's minimum wage hike will help drive businesses west.

Minnesota lawmakers have agreed to a minimum wage increase that would require a pay hike for an estimated 350,000 residents. But how will the policy affect bordering states?

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HI’s troubled health-care exchange draws congressional attention

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, News, Obamacare, Oregon, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups still under one percent of Hawaii's population (photo courtesy of Hawaii Health Connector)

A Hawaii state senator wants the Government Accountability Office to investigate a $204 million federal grant to the state’s health-care exchange.

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Total war: MN liquor lobby takes on wine superstore

By   /  March 17, 2014  /  Free Market, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

TOTAL COMPETITION? Co-owner Robert Trone in Total Wine's first store in MN, where the chain face it most "organized and fierce" opposition of the 16 states Total operates in.

Its members may be in the liquor business, but the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association might as well be a teetotaler when it comes to increased competition, says one player entering the Twin Cities market.

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