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.

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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

Minnesota Economy Improving But Harsh Disparities Leave Too Many Workers Behind: The State of Working Minnesota 2016
Post-recession, Minnesota can claim many economic strengths, especially compared to national trends or our neighbor to the east, Wisconsin. But as in the rest of the U.S., Minnesota is not seeing a strong growth in wages, and Minnesota workers of color are particularly struggling.

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.

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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.

Ben Horowitz just finished “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond. The book zooms in on America’s affordable housing shortage by telling stories from Milwaukee, and explains how the situation is even worse than the big numbers make it out to be. The research paints a vivid picture of peoples’ lives while offering plenty of innovative approaches for data nerds.