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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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May 2008

Racial reform of the estate tax: A solution in search of a problem

A large package of tax cuts became law in 2001, including the gradual elimination of the federal estate tax. Those laws are set to expire in 2011, when the estate tax will revert to previous higher rates. The nearing expiration date has triggered a set of unaffordable and unfair proposals to radically lower, or even eliminate, the estate tax.

March 2008

Federal economic stimulus bill reaches more people, but leaves out quickest-acting measures

Effective Stimulus Is Targeted, Timely and Temporary Amid numerous signs that the U.S. economy was faltering, Congress...

March 2008

President's proposed budget cuts would hurt Minnesotans and increase Minnesota's budget deficit

October 2007

Congress acts to cover more kids through State Children's Health Insurance Program

What is the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)? Since its creation by Congress in 1997, the State Childre...

Federal Issues Blog Posts

January 05, 2021

Economic recovery would be strengthened by immigrant-inclusive COVID response

With the onset of winter, it’s clear that the coronavirus and accompanying economic disruption will continue to be with...

October 15, 2020

Economic update shows COVID-19’s impact, need for federal action

COVID-19 is still a major threat to the country’s health, economy, and public services we all count on. The state of Min...

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.

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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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