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Some government business incentives are intangible

Date Published: 11/08/2007


A reader asked me what I thought of the Star Tribune's editorial, "What's slowing down the state economy?

The Strib enumerated several expert opinions on potential causes for the state's rising unemployment rate. The national housing slump; slower population growth; it's merely cyclical. It also questioned how much influence government has in the matter, but said state economic development policy and tax policies of Gov. Pawlenty clearly hadn't made a difference.

Since the state's best economists are puzzled by this, I won't presume to answer as an economist. My perspective is largely as someone who came to Minnesota for an education, stayed for the culture, worked for a global corporation, grew a business and raised a family.

The Minnesota I found had a proud history of innovation


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