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State tax policy that prioritizes everyday Minnesotans can expand economic opportunity, build thriving communities, and strengthen our economic future. However, tax policy can also widen income, wealth, and racial inequality if it primarily benefits those who are already doing well in today's economy.

We analyze individual tax proposals and full tax plans from the governor and legislative bodies, as well as the tax system overall, emphasizing the impact on everyday Minnesotans, tax fairness, and the ability of the tax system to raise the revenues needed to sustainably fund public investments that keep us moving forward as a state.

Research

March 2013

The facts still speak: Time to reform Minnesota's tax system

Tax fairness has declined in Minnesota since 1990, according to the 2013 Tax Incidence Study. High-income Minnesotans continue to pay a smaller percentage of their incomes in total state and local taxes than low- and middle-income Minnesotans. Minnesota policymakers should reform the state's tax system to make it more fair and raise enough revenues to meet Minnesota's needs.

January 2013

The facts speak: It's time to reform Minnesota's tax system

Minnesota's outdated tax system is not meeting the state's needs. The difference between the share of income that the highest-income Minnesotans pay in taxes and the share that the average Minnesotan pays has grown, and Minnesota is not raising adequate revenues to avoid the cycle of budget deficits and gimmicks.

October 2012

Strong Minnesota economy requires sound investments

Minnesota faces significant gaps between public needs and the resources it takes to meet them. Policymakers need to move beyond gimmicks and short-term fixes, and invest in Minnesota's long-term prosperity. The 2013 Legislature should use a balanced approach that includes revenues when setting the next two-year budget in order to put Minnesota back on the right path.

June 2012

2012 Legislative Session: Modest budget changes, little progress on sustainably funding our future

The 2012 Legislature adjourned after making small changes to the budget, primarily in K-12 education, health and human services, and taxes. Policymakers did not take up proposed constitutional budget amendments that threatened the state's future. The 2013 session presents an opportunity for the Legislature to address the challenge of finding sustainable ways to fund the state's priorities. 

Taxes and Tax Plans Blog Posts

April 15, 2021

Walz's supplemental budget calls for resources for greater investments

We have called on policymakers to take bold action to respond to the health, economic, and racial justice crises before...

January 27, 2021

Walz’s proposed budget includes strong and fair revenues

Governor Tim Walz released what he called his “COVID-19 Recovery Budget” in the context of health, economic, and state revenue crises.

October 30, 2020

October special session legislation includes first-time efforts for equity in bonding package

Minnesota policymakers passed a long-awaited infrastructure package when they convened on October 12 for their fifth...

August 10, 2020

Minnesota expecting continued revenue shortfalls; time for strong federal action

July brought us more sobering news about the ongoing damage that COVID-19 is expected to have on the economy, and by extension the state’s budget.