What are the forces moving the Minnesota economy? Adam Belz tries to identify the trends and show the connections between Minnesota and the larger U.S. and global economies. You can connect with him on Twitter: @adambelz

Opening Belz, Aug. 18

Posted by: Adam Belz under Business trends Updated: August 18, 2014 - 10:31 AM

The suburban poverty of Ferguson is not that unusual – Brookings
Dollar General ups ante on Dollar Tree in bid for Family Dollar – Bloomberg
Jobs with better pay make a comeback – Washington Post
The Workforce Investment Act has not been effective – NY Times
Schafer: Small increase to minimum wage can take big toll on profit – StarTribune
Microsoft tries to cultivate a startup’s image – New Yorker
Small business lending has been slow to recover – WSJ
Shoddy U.S. roads take toll on economy – LA Times
Minnesota’s solar power surge – StarTribune
Oil companies seek the tech savvy – Houston Chronicle

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