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MN legislative panel finds Wisconsin's economic boasts are cheesy


The economic border rivalry between Minnesota and Wisconsin sometimes sounds like a wrestling smackdown. So a legislative committee held a hearing in St. Paul to cut through the rhetoric and look at the real numbers. The chairman's conclusion: Minnesota is "kicking butt."

Rep. Joe Atkins tells the Star Tribune the gopher state's advantage covers "everything from employment and job creation to school test scores, educated work force and a host of other factors and rankings."

The Star Trib reports a presentation by Myles Shaver of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management showed that the north star state has 20 Fortune 500 companies (compared to Wisconsin's 9) and on a per capita basis has the most in the country.

Politics in Minnesota reports an official with the Department of Employment and Economic Development took questions from several Republicans about the effects of newly enacted taxes and said there's been no drop off in inquiries from businesses looking at Minnesota.

Impetus for Thursday's hearing came in part from remarks by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has touted his state as a better place to do business.

Earlier this summer MPR looked at several economic measures that show Minnesota has pulled away from its neighbor in recent years.

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