Welcome to the Minnesota Budget Project

Founded in 1997, the Minnesota Budget Project's analysis and advocacy is grounded in the belief that economic opportunity and prosperity should be available to all Minnesotans, regardless of who they are or where they live.

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Small Business Voices

A group of small-business owners joined together to share a message for policymakers: Large tax cuts aren’t the answer for them. Instead they wanted public investments in the building blocks that provide Minnesota with a high-quality workforce, strong infrastructure, and shared prosperity for more hard-working Minnesotans.

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Latest Research & Analysis

Some Minnesotans Struggling Despite Top Line Figures Showing Economic Prosperity
The strengthened economy and stronger labor market hide the fact that Minnesotans who struggled most in the recession are more likely to face employment barriers today. This paper looks at unemployment rates of various groups of Minnesotans.

Minnesota Immigrant Contributions
Our state has long benefited from the contributions of immigrants, helping to build and develop the communities we live in and love today. Summarized demographic data show how Minnesota's immigrant population contributes to the state's economic prosperity. Data is compiled in one-page infographics: one that covers the state, and one for each Congressional District.

Key Housing Issues Facing Immigrant Communities in the Twin Cities
Immigrants play an increasing role in the Twin Cities' economy, but many face significant and urgent challenges finding and maintaining adequate and affordable housing. We joined with the Minnesota Housing Partnership and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to explore what barriers exist, and what resources and community engagement strategies are needed to remedy these housing challenges.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Important for Minnesota's Economy and Inclusive Communities
Over 6,000 “dreamers” in Minnesota have had access to greater educational and work opportunities thanks to DACA. Our analysis looks at how DACA recipients benefit the state, and what’s at risk if DACA is eliminated.

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What we're reading now

A revolving list of research papers and books on the desks - or devices - of the Minnesota Budget Project team

Clark Biegler is digging into the details of the nation’s banking industry and its reverberations on lower-income citizens today in “How the Other Half Banks,” by Mehrsa Baradaran.

Nan Madden is reading an article, The Near Impossibility of Moving Up After Welfare, in The Atlantic, focused on the impacts of welfare reform and its effects on people’s ability to move into economic security.