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DEED report: job vacancies on the rise

The number of job vacancies in Minnesota increased by 32 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2010, according to a report released Thursday by the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Employers reported 54,700 job openings, compared to 41,400 a year ago.

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Business groups remain aligned with GOP budget

As the Republicans and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton persist in a stalemate that could result in a government shutdown, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce President David Olson said he’s not getting pushback from his members on the Legislature’s central budget choice: to hold the line on tax increases.

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‘Surly’ bill headed to Senate floor

The so-called "Surly" bill, which would allow microbreweries to sell their products on site passed out of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee on Wednesday evening. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Linda Scheid, DFL-Brooklyn Park, is headed to the Senate floor for possible consideration.

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Commerce Dept hires senior staff

New state Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman's top appointments indicate a change of attitude toward health insurance exchanges from the previous administration. Also, Deputy Commish Manny Munson-Regala will leave the agency effective Friday.

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