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The state of Minnesota's budget determines what resources are available for everything from schools to health care to parks to transportation. 

Understanding the budget proposals that are on the table, as well as what ultimately gets passed into law, is essential information you can use to become involved in influencing budget decisions. We analyze full budget proposals, as well as proposals on key components of the budget, from the governor and legislative bodies, emphasizing public services that expand opportunity and economic security to more Minnesotans.

Research

August 2011

2011 budget decisions will undermine current recovery and hurt state's long-term economic success

After a nearly three-week government shutdown, Governor Dayton and the Legislature finally agreed to a budget for the state's FY 2012-13 biennium. The agreement delays $2.2 billion in payments to school districts, borrows $640 million through tobacco bonds, and reduces funding for vital public services by more than $2 billion. This analysis examines the impact of these decisions on K-12 education, health and human services, higher education, jobs and economic development, public safety, transportation, and taxes.

June 2011

A tale of two visions: Comparing Governor Dayton's and the Legislature's FY 2012-13 budgets

During the 2011 Legislative Session, Governor Dayton and the Legislature put forward two very different plans for the state's next two-year budget. Governor Dayton has proposed a balanced approach that combines spending cuts and revenue increases, while the Legislature's budget relies heavily on deep cuts to services. This analysis compares the details of the two plans for K-12 education, health and human services, higher education, jobs and economic development, public safety, transportation, and taxes.

May 2011

Constitutional revenue limits damaged Colorado's business climate, quality of life

In 1992, Colorado adopted TABOR, a constitutional amendment that strictly limits state spending. The state soon found itself falling behind in many economic performance and achievement indicators. In 2005, a bipartisan, broad-based coalition of state leaders and groups succeeded in temporarily suspending TABOR to allow Colorado's economy to recover. 

April 2011

Governor Dayton presents a balanced approach to the state's FY 2012-13 deficit

Governor Dayton’s budget presents a balanced approach to resolving the state’s $5.0 billion deficit for FY 2012-13. His proposal makes significant cuts to areas like higher education and health and human services, but prevents even deeper reductions by proposing $2.7 billion in tax increases. Dayton’s budget will also have important implications for other areas of the budget, including E-12 education, workforce development, housing, public safety, and state government.

Minnesota Budget Plans Blog Posts

July 02, 2020

Work remains to advance health, safety, and economic security

What did and did not happen in the June special session to address Minnesotans' health, safety, and economic priorities?

June 15, 2020

Special session begins; Minnesotans call for bold action

The COVID-19 crisis, and the longstanding crises in policing and racial inequity in Minnesota, have damaged our health, livelihoods, and communities. Policymakers must take bold steps to better ensure Minnesotans can stay healthy, safe, and get by economically in the immediate term, and invest in resilience in all communities for the future.

May 06, 2020

Additional federal funding to states is time-critical

Federal policymakers should move quickly to direct significant additional funding to states, as well as local and tribal governments, to address the severe impacts of the public health emergency and the economic recession, and to prevent the economic downturn from getting worse.

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.