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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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Minnesota’s Workers Need Earned Sick and Safe Time
Expanding access to earned sick time gives Minnesota workers greater job security and peace of mind, instead of distress over choosing between caring for a sick child and losing their wages.

Opportunities Missed and Taken in the 2015 Legislative Session
We look closely at the FY 2016-17 biennial budget, highlighting the areas where policymakers invested and where they made cuts, and discuss the impacts from not passing a tax bill.

Governor Dayton Strives to Increase Opportunity in His FY 2016-17 Budget Proposal
Governor Mark Dayton’s vision for the upcoming biennium is increasing economic opportunity, focusing primarily on Minnesota’s students. Nearly half of the proposed new spending is for E-12 and higher education.

Time to Invest in Affordable Child Care through Basic Sliding Fee
Minnesota should re-invest in affordable child care as a crucial building block to family economic security and for the future economic success of the state. Funding for Basic Sliding Fee has dropped 44 percent since 2003.

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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

Clark Biegler's read this week is The Racial Wealth Gap: Why Policy Matters from Demos and the Institute for Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University.

Nan Madden is all about effective networks: A Network Way of Working: A Compilation of Considerations about Effectiveness in Networks.

Ben Horowitz is reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander.