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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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For Many, Hard Work is Not Enough: The State of Working Minnesota 2015
Despite an improving economy, wages are lagging for many Minnesota workers, and many struggle to support themselves and their families. We take a closer look at Minnesota’s wage trends, as well as racial disparities in the workforce that prevent more Minnesota workers from reaching economic security.

Minnesota Tax System Now Fairer, But There's More To Do
Recent efforts have moved Minnesota’s tax system toward one that is fair and raises enough revenue to fund the state’s schools, roads and other critical services. But the highest-income Minnesotans still pay a smaller share of their incomes in state and local taxes than other Minnesotans.

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.

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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

At the top of Nan Madden's reading list is "How Do Massachusetts Business Taxes Compare to Other States?".

Ben Horowitz is finishing up "$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America", by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer.

Clark Biegler's read this month is Volatile Job Schedules and Access to Public Benefits, by the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).