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Minnesota Budget Outlook and Trends

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The state's budget is influenced by economic conditions, and in return, state budget and policy decisions should be informed by how Minnesotans are being effected by the economy. We provide analysis of the state's economic and budget forecasts as well as research on long-term budget trends.

Research

March 2014

Economic recovery creates opportunities: inside the February 2014 Forecast

Minnesota's $1.2 billion state budget positive balance shows that Minnesota's economy is making solid gains. Policymakers should act cautiously and continue to work toward a fairer tax system, strengthen budget reserves, and invest in a future of shared prosperity.

December 2013

Minnesota's future brightens, but uncertainty remains: A look at the November 2013 Forecast

A $1.1 billion positive balance means Minnesota will finish reversing past budget gimmicks. It also means policymakers can build upon the progress made in the 2013 Legislative Session and continue to invest in a prosperous future for Minnesota.

March 2013

Minnesota economy improving, but deficits continue: A look at the February 2013 Economic Forecast

Minnesota continues to face budget deficits, even though the economy is improving. The February 2013 Economic Forecast shows an improving budget outlook that reflects higher revenues and lower spending, but deficits continue for the next few years.

January 2013

Minnesota should get on a sustainable track: A look at the November 2012 Economic Forecast

Even though the economy is improving, Minnesota faces a $1.1 billion deficit in FY 2014-15 ($2.0 billion when inflation is included). Policymakers have an opportunity in the 2013 Legislative Session to end the cycle of budget deficits and quick fixes and get the state on a sustainable path.

Budget Outlook and Trends Blog Posts

May 05, 2020

May budget report reveals the need to support everyday folks

The May budget projection will guide the decisions that policymakers make in the remaining weeks of the legislative session, and the months beyond. They remind us of how many of our neighbors are struggling, and the importance of taking swift action to reduce the hardships that Minnesotans and their families are facing as a result of the pandemic, and to start building for the economic recovery.

May 04, 2020

Increased Medicaid funding to states protects health care, critical services

While they have taken some preliminary steps, federal decision-makers should further boost the Medicaid dollars it sends to states, make that increase last until the economy recovers, and maintain strong requirements to protect health care coverage.

April 29, 2020

April economic changes bring May budget projections

The novel coronavirus pandemic is having a significant effect on Minnesotans' physical and mental health of Minnesotans....

April 14, 2020

Minnesota’s April economic update

It's a bigger deal than usual, but doesn’t yet have all the answers: The April Revenue and Economic Update is a first look at the economic and fiscal impacts of the coronavirus crisis in Minnesota. The quarterly report from Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) shows that state revenues have dropped considerably and the national economy has likely fallen into recession.