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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 2010

February 2010 Economic Forecast: Slightly better now, slightly worse later

Minnesota’s short-term budget problems have eased slightly, according to the state’s February economic forecast. Last...

January 2010

November 2009 Forecast: Continued economic woes bring more big deficits

A drop in expected revenue has created a $1.2 billion budget deficit in Minnesota’s current two-year budget cycle, FY...

December 2008

The lost decade: Taking a closer look at Minnesota's public investments in the 2000s

The Lost Decade looks closely at funding trends in four state budget areas that significantly impact the well-being of Minnesotans: early education and K-12 education, higher education, child care assistance, and affordable housing and homelessness prevention. As a result of funding cuts in these areas, many Minnesotans had fewer opportunities to succeed in school, in the workplace, or in providing a decent standard of living for their families.

September 2002

Trends in Minnesota government spending

Between 1987 and 1997 (the period of time examined by this report), Minnesota trailed the national average in terms of growth in government spending. However, state and local government investments in public services and infrastructure contributed positively to Minnesota’s economic health and quality of life. 

Budget Outlook and Trends Blog Posts

March 02, 2021

Budget forecast shows welcome news but Minnesota needs resources for an equitable future

The state’s new budget projections give the latest on the continuing impact of the pandemic, and a preliminary sense of ...

January 21, 2021

January economic update shows some improvement

The state’s economic picture has improved compared to the November forecast, but COVID-19 and the economic fallout are still hurting many Minnesotans’ health and economic stability, according to the state of Minnesota’s recent January Revenue and Economic Update.

December 18, 2020

A deep dive into budget forecast: what it does and doesn’t tell us

Minnesota isn’t sustainably bringing in enough revenues to fund its current commitments, which is showing up in a projec...

December 01, 2020

November forecast notes challenges but Minnesota can draw on resources so we can care for each other

The state's budget forecast highlights that improved state revenue figures are not necessarily tied to better well-being for everyday Minnesotans.