About Us

Who we are

The Minnesota Budget Project is a research and advocacy organization that promotes solutions so that all Minnesotans have access to opportunity and economic well-being.

Established nearly 20 years ago, the Minnesota Budget Project is a nonpartisan initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.


Through research, advocacy and strategic communications, we pursue four long-term goals for Minnesota:

  • A fair tax system that raises enough revenue to sustainably fund our priorities as a state;
  • Investment in public services that expand opportunity and improve the economic well-being of lower-income Minnesotans;
  • Policies that help Minnesotans succeed in the workplace and the marketplace so that economic security and opportunity is available to all; and
  • A sound budget process characterized by sustainable budget choices, the absence of arbitrary spending caps and formulas, and meaningful opportunities for participation.


We rely on the generous support from both foundation and individual donors to fulfill our strategic mission and goals, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Ford Foundation, the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, the Stoneman Family Foundation and the Emma B. Howe Memorial Foundation of The Minneapolis Foundation.


The Minnesota Budget Project is the Minnesota member of the State Priorities Partnership, a network of more than 40 independent, nonprofit research and advocacy state organizations that fight for a just and equitable America. State Priorities partners use evidence and analysis to advance policies that give more people the opportunity to prosper. The State Priorities Partnership is coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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