Welcome to the Minnesota Budget Project

Founded in 1997, the Minnesota Budget Project's analysis and advocacy is grounded in the belief that economic opportunity and prosperity should be available to all Minnesotans, regardless of who they are or where they live.

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Small Business Voices

A group of small-business owners joined together 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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Latest Research & Analysis

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Important for Minnesota's Economy and Inclusive Communities
Over 6,000 “dreamers” in Minnesota have had access to greater educational and work opportunities thanks to DACA. Our analysis looks at how DACA recipients benefit the state, and what’s at risk if DACA is eliminated.

Caution is Key: Inside the February 2017 Economic Forecast
Minnesota continues its fairly rosy economic trend, with a projected $1.7 billion positive balance for the upcoming FY 2018-19 budget cycle. But this doesn’t reflect potential major federal changes on the horizon.

Who Receives the Renters' Credit?
The Renters' Credit provides a tax refund for lower-income Minnesotans whose property taxes are high in relation to their incomes. It refunds a portion of the property taxes that renters pay through their rents. Our issue brief contains information for each Minnesota county and the state as a whole.

Prioritize Working Families by Strengthening the Working Family Credit
Despite working hard, too many Minnesota families struggle to pay for daily needs like child care or reliable transportation to their jobs. This issue brief describes how expanding the state’s Working Family Tax Credit would invest in a stronger workforce and a more equitable and prosperous state.

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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.