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The Minnesota Budget Project provides analysis and advocacy to propel Minnesota towards a future where all Minnesotans have access to opportunity and economic well-being.

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We're looking to hire a part-time Research Intern to work on state immigration policy decisions and economic trends affecting immigrants in Minnesota. The opening is posted on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofit’s job board and candidates are encouraged to submit an application by February 15.

Latest Research & Analysis

Future Economic Strength Depends on Workforce: Inside the November 2015 Economic Forecast
The latest budget forecast for the state shows a $1.2 billion positive balance for the current budget cycle and a positive balance in the next cycle. The data show Minnesota’s future economic strength lies in ensuring strong workforce participation.

President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration Would Expand Opportunity
President Obama’s proposed executive action allowing for temporary legal status for thousands of undocumented immigrants in Minnesota would provide benefits to our state economy as well as keep together families who have deep roots in our state.

Driver's Licenses for All Minnesotans Builds the Economy, Keeps Roads Safe
Some 83,000 Minnesotans cannot get driver’s licenses, which can make it difficult for them to reliably get to their jobs or school. Making driver’s licenses available to Minnesotans, regardless of their immigration status, can strengthen our labor force and make our roads safer.

Stable Status for Undocumented Immigrants Good For Economy
Federal immigration policy hasn’t kept up with our economic needs. Improving the system would allow the thousands of immigrants who have put down roots in Minnesota to put their skills and abilities to full use and boost their contributions to our economy.

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What we're reading now

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

Nan Madden contemplates fixes to the next financial crisis with a dive into Alan S. Blinder and Mark Zandi’s paper: The Financial Crisis: Lessons for the Next One. In it they examine policy responses to the financial crisis and Great Recession - from traditional fiscal stimulus to tools that policymakers invented on the fly.

Ben Horowitz is digesting “How States Use Federal and State Funds Under the TANF Block Grant” from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.

Clark Biegler is reviewing fixes to the retirement system with a reading of Universal Voluntary Accounts: A Step Towards Fixing the Retirement System, by Center for Economic and Policy Research.