Welcome to the Minnesota Budget Project

Founded in 1997, 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.

Small Business Voices

A group of small-business owners joined together during the 2016 Legislative Session 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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Tax migration

Read our recent blog, IRS data doesn't show that money walks, that focuses on IRS data and how it measures how many people move in and out of Minnesota, but doesn't measure whether their income does.

Latest Research & Analysis

Key Groups of Minnesotans Still Struggling to Find Work in Economic Recovery
Our assessment of recent employment data show those Minnesotans who had the highest levels of unemployment – people of color, young people, single parents - during the Great Recession are still more likely to lack jobs compared to others.

Dayton's FY 2016-17 Supplemental Budget Proposal Works to Expand Opportunity and Close Racial Gaps
Considering the $900 million budget surplus, the governor structured his supplemental budget around making strategic investments that put more Minnesotans on a path to prosperity, while being fiscally responsible.

Good News, But Need for Caution: Inside the February 2016 Economic Forecast
The state's latest budget forecast shows a $900 million positive balance for the current budget cycle and a $1.2 billion balance in FY 2018-19. The state’s economy is improving but the recovery has been uneven.

Time to Invest in Affordable Child Care Through Basic Sliding Fee
More than 6,500 Minnesota families are on a waiting list for affordable child care. Expanding access through Basic Sliding Fee allows parents to work and children to thrive.

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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.