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Once again it is my honor to be named a Focus Economics top economics and finance blogger. When I started this activity a few years back it was not really with the intent of gaining any notoriety. As an academic discipline Economics actually embraced blogging as a way of discussing ideas and theories relatively early so it was simply a form of engagement with the public and my profession. I really enjoy blogging though and hope to continue it for a long time to come. And okay the notoriety is nice too. You can find the address of the website listing the award recipients below:

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Grand Forks released retail sales tax collections which are for the month of December 2017. There are various different ways to look at the number. It is a .31% increase over December of 2016. An increase is an increase I suppose, though it should be cause for concern if the general optimism permeating the economy surrounding the tax cut happened to miss Grand Forks. The January and February releases for this year, which represent sales tax collected in November and December of 2017, are around 6.5% less than this time last year. It is also the case that 17 of the last 38 months have been lower than year ago values for sales tax collections.

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