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

Who Receives the Renters' Credit
The Renters' Credit provides a property tax refund to low- and moderate-income renters whose property taxes are high in relation to their income. In 2015, about 328,000 households received the Renters’ Credit, including households from across the state, and those with seniors and persons with disabilities. This issue brief includes information on the Renters' Credit for every Minnesota county.

Minnesota Needs to Prepare for Future: Inside the 2017 November Economic Forecast
The November 2017 Economic Forecast projected a $188 million budget shortfall for the state for its current two-year budget cycle. This brief offers a first look at the economic and budget projections since the Legislature passed the budget last session.

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.

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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.