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We provide nonpartisan analysis and advocacy so that more Minnesotans can participate in setting our state's tax and budget priorities. We believe public investments and fair taxes help Minnesota maintain a high quality of life and build a strong economic future.

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Latest Research & Analysis

State Strides into Positive Budget Territory: Inside the February 2015 Economic Forecast
The positive budget balance projection of $1.9 billion for FY 2016-17 is higher than was predicted in last year’s November forecast. This allows for investments in broader economic security and making our tax system more fair.

Federal Poverty Thresholds and Guidelines
The federal government provides two different measures of poverty. Poverty thresholds are used to calculate official statistics and poverty guidelines are used to determine eligibility for certain services. This page provides current information for both measures. 

Too Many Minnesota Workers Face Low Pay and Few Benefits: The State of Working Minnesota 2014
Minnesota is known for its hard-working residents, but too many are finding hard work is not enough. Many workers still struggle to support their families and reach economic security.

Minnesota is on the Right Track: Inside the November 2014 Economic Forecast
Minnesota continues to be in positive budget territory, providing opportunity for the state to continue on its recent path of making smart investments that promote broader economic security and make our tax system fairer.

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