Eric Wieffering

Assistant Managing Editor | News
Phone: 612-673-1736
Eric Wieffering supervises coverage of local and regional news, including politics, education, the environment and other topics.

Recent content from Eric Wieffering

Jobs-taxes debate: We settled it once before

At the end of World War II, Minnesota faced a very uncertain economic future. Personal income per capita had slipped to 30th of the 48 states. Educated young people were leaving the state, and the state's two biggest sectors, mining and agriculture, appeared in decline.

Updated: May 31, 2011, - 09:51 PM

A tough fiscal lesson, right there in the mail

The Seeger Square Post Office on St. Paul's East Side has been slated for closing three or four times in the last 10 years. Each time, residents, business customers and elected officials have mounted a successful campaign to keep the money-losing operation open.

Updated: May 28, 2011, - 02:07 PM

Next tech bubble may float past Minnesota

Last week's overheated initial stock offering for LinkedIn, the social networking site for cubicle dwellers, has some seers speculating about whether we are experiencing another bubble in tech stocks.

Updated: May 24, 2011, - 09:15 PM

Wieffering: Mideast visitors have something to teach us

Any prolonged discussion about corporate America these days is likely to drift quickly to its real and imagined shortcomings.

Updated: May 21, 2011, - 01:27 PM

Wieffering: Simple tax equation turns out to be complex

Perhaps the most emotionally persuasive argument against Gov. Mark Dayton's demand for a tax increase targeted at upper-income earners is that it is a job killer.

Updated: May 20, 2011, - 08:26 PM

Free trade's costs can't be left out of calculation

Minnesota manufacturing exports to South Korea surged 20 percent in 2010, vaulting the Asian economic powerhouse from the state's ninth- to sixth-largest export market. A pending free-trade agreement with the United States could make South Korea an even bigger trading partner for Minnesota firms, but the deal should not be signed until Congress agrees to expand a program for American workers who could lose their jobs as a result.

Updated: May 18, 2011, - 06:15 AM

Sales tax for a Vikings stadium might be small, but the cost adds up

No matter where the new Vikings stadium is built, a big chunk of the $1 billion cost will be paid for with nickels and dimes.

Updated: May 14, 2011, - 01:41 PM

Vikes and Arden Hills: There is a there there

Zygi Wilf, Minnesota Vikings owner, attended Tuesday's news conference to herald the team's deal to build a new stadium in Arden Hills.

Updated: May 11, 2011, - 09:00 PM

Don't count chips yet for Minneapolis casino

Turn on the lights, cue the showgirls, open the vault.

Updated: May 07, 2011, - 02:58 PM

For Thrivent and others, warnings were there

Dumb money.

Updated: May 03, 2011, - 08:43 PM

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