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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

February 2009

Round one: Governor's initial budget proposal focuses on spending cuts and one-time measures

The Budget Debate Begins The 2009 budget discussion began when Governor Pawlenty released his budget proposal in late Ja...

January 2009

Kitchen table budget principles

A joint release with the Organizing Apprenticeship Project By Jermaine Toney, Organizing Apprenticeship Project The Sta...

January 2009

Punting the problem: 2008 Legislative Session ends with a short-term solution

In the 2008 Legislative Session, policymakers were faced with the challenge of solving a projected $935 million deficit for the FY 2008-09 biennium and a $1.1 billion deficit for the FY 2010-11 biennium ($2.1 billion when the costs of inflation are included). Unfortunately, the final agreement between the Legislature and the Governor focused on some short-sighted solutions. 

This report takes a close look at the outcomes of the 2008 Legislative Session, focusing on how policymakers relied heavily on one-time resources to solve the deficit, as well as the impact on individual areas of the state’s budget.

May 2008

Tough decisions in the 2008 Legislative Session leave even tougher choices for 2009

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.