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Federal policy decisions in areas from health care to nutrition to the environment have a real impact on Minnesotans' daily lives. The federal government is also an important partner in funding public services at the state and local levels, and federal tax decisions influence our state tax system as well. Our analysis focuses on whether federal policies support or hinder Minnesota's progress toward building a broader prosperity for all.

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August 2013

Thousands of Minnesotans would lose basic food support under US House proposal

A proposal under consideration in the U.S. House would drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), ending critical food assistance for for thousands of Minnesotans. The proposed cuts would increase hunger among Minnesotans who still struggle to put food on the table during the slow economic recovery.

August 2011

Federal deficit reduction: How it works and implications for Minnesota

Congress and President Obama agreed to a deal that raises the debt ceiling and ensures over $2.1 trillion in federal deficit reduction through a multi-step process. A close look at the deal reveals a package that is unbalanced and unfair, and could have serious consequences for Minnesota.

June 2010

The basics of cap and trade

A cap and trade system is one approach to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. It caps the total amount of carbon pollution that can be emitted in a given area, and gives pollution permits or “allowances” to individual companies to meet those goals. Companies that are able to reduce their carbon emissions can profit by trading part of their permitted emission to other firms.

May 2010

Climate change and low-income households: consumer relief and economic opportunities

Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing our world, and it disproportionately impacts low-income households who are more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change such as pollution or extreme weather. As a result, the Minnesota Budget Project strongly supports reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whether the solution is a result of federal or regional legislation.

Federal Issues Blog Posts

August 13, 2020

Emergency SNAP funding an essential part of an anti-racist COVID response

Expanded SNAP food assistance is one tool that should be made available to the millions of families struggling to get by while also being one step in reversing centuries-long patterns of discrimination.

August 10, 2020

Minnesota expecting continued revenue shortfalls; time for strong federal action

July brought us more sobering news about the ongoing damage that COVID-19 is expected to have on the economy, and by extension the state’s budget.

August 03, 2020

New data confirm states need more federal Medicaid support

Data shows climbing numbers of Minnesotans needing some help to afford care while we’re also seeing massive state revenue shortfalls as a result of the pandemic’s economic disruption. This presents a serious mismatch of needs and resources. An increase to federal Medicaid funding is needed to make sure people can get the health care they need, when they need it.

July 28, 2020

US Senate COVID-19 relief package falls dramatically short of what nation needs

The Senate relief package – called HEALS Act -- is inadequate to meet the challenges of this moment and is too small to jumpstart our economy. Instead of prioritizing the health and well-being of Americans and building for an economic recovery, the Senate plan falls short and would result in more kids going hungry and at risk of becoming homeless, force more lay-offs of teachers and other state and local government workers, and cause harmful cuts to health care, education, and other urgently needed services.

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Federal Funds are Instrumental to Building Prosperity

The federal government is a significant source of funding for Minnesota and helps more Minnesotans have affordable health care, assists low-income families who are trying to make ends meet, and strengthens our roads and transit systems. 

In the FY 2018-19 biennium, about 30 percent of the state’s budget comes from the federal government, or close to $25 billion. Additional federal dollars go to local governments and nonprofits for education, transportation, and other community investments. Read the full report here.

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