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Knowing the nuts and bolts of how the Minnesota budget process works is essential for getting involved in state budget decisions. We provide tools to help you navigate the state budget process. Our work also focuses on budget process policy issues, from best practices for Minnesota's budget reserve to harmful proposals to limit the state's ability to make decisions that best meet Minnesotans' needs.

Research

April 2019

How to read the governor's budget

This document walks through how to read the general fund statement and budget book pages that come out with the governor's budget proposals.

February 2019

How to read the Health Care Access Fund statement

The Health Care Access Fund (HCAF) was created to hold Minnesota’s health care provider tax revenues, in addition to several smaller revenue sources. This document provides readers a quick tour of the balance sheet that is updated in each state budget forecast.

February 2019

Everyone is an important part of Minnesota's tax system and can have a say at the Capitol

This infographic includes information about how all Minnesotans contribute to fund public services in Minnesota, and the process for setting the state's budget.

April 2012

'98 Percent' constitutional amendment creates barriers to common-sense budgeting

A proposed constitutional amendment creates a series of restrictions on policymakers' ability to make budget decisions that meet the state's needs and respond to changing circumstances. The proposal limits appropriations and spending to arbitrary levels and triggers tax cuts without regard to the state's current situation.

Minnesota Budget Process Blog Posts

October 01, 2020

State budget process kicks off amid unusual uncertainty

Fresh pencils for back to school, shorter days, bright red maples – these are a few of the classic harbingers of fall....

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.

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....

January 28, 2020

Legislative Budget Office will make its debut in upcoming session

The 2020 Legislative Session will involve a new player: the Legislative Budget Office, or LBO . The LBO will be respo...