There are some interesting aspects to the sales tax collections between Fargo and Grand Forks. Not many answers in this post, but some observations and questions.
I revisit some discussions about employment and the population count in Grand Forks. The fact is we need people in Grand Forks if we want labor market dynamics to change. This was true before COVID, and remains true now.
In a bit of a longer post I bring a bit more data to the discussion in terms of wages in Grand Forks compared to the other ND MSAs. It is a mixed bag but the data would not dispel the “notion” of Grand Forks as a low wage economy.
What is Grand Forks? I asked this question many times on the radio with Jarrod Thomas, and it seems it is time to ask it again.
I get asked about sales tax outlook for the city so I took a look at the recent data. It points to a generally good picture with some concerns out there still.