The Minnesota Budget Project’s current policy priorities include:
- Making Affordable Child Care Available to More Minnesota Families by increasing funding for Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance and expanding the Dependent Care Tax Credit for low- and moderate-income families.
- Prioritizing Everyday Minnesotans in State Tax Decisions by strengthening the Working Family Credit. Boosting this credit would mean working people across the state can better support their families and get their children off to a stronger start in life.
- Protecting the Renters' Credit so that Minnesotans who already struggle to make ends meet aren't made worse off from cuts in their property tax refunds.
- Expanding Earned Sick and Safe Time so that workers don't lose wages or their jobs when they take time to care for themselves or a sick family member.
- Creating a Broad and Durable Prosperity in Minnesota by making investments in world-class schools, supporting our workforce, strong infrastructure and other economic building blocks through a fair and sustainable tax system.
The Minnesota Budget Project also supports the efforts coordinated by the Prosperity for All campaign to invest in economic stability for the state's lowest-income families and children by increasing the cash grant in the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP).
Past Policy Successes
Past policy priorities supported by the Minnesota Budget Project include:
- Adopting Fair and Adequate Tax Reform that shares the responsibility for funding state services more equitably, ends the cycle of frequent budget deficits, and sustainably funds Minnesota priorities. (2013)
- Improving the Working Family Tax Credit to make our tax system fairer and support families working at low wages. (2014)
- Increasing Minnesota’s Minimum Wage to improve the economic security of Minnesota’s low-wage workers and strengthen the state’s economy. (2014)
- Supporting Successful Health Care Reform that makes health care affordable for more Minnesotans and creates a consumer-friendly health insurance exchange. (2013)
- Promoting Tax Fairness for Minnesota Renters so that low- and moderate-income Minnesotans do not pay more than their fair share in taxes. (2013)
- Defeating Constitutional Budget Amendments That Put Minnesota's Future at Risk. Three proposed amendments would have resulted in government gridlock and shutdowns, budget gimmicks and cuts to critical services. They would have made it more difficult for Minnesota to recover from the recession and invest in economic growth. (2012)
- Building Stronger Budget Reserves so the state can continue to provide essential services during an economic slowdown. (2014)