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Who We Are

For more than 20 years, the Minnesota Budget Project has identified and advanced policy solutions so that opportunity and economic security are within reach for all Minnesotans, regardless of who they are or where they live. We are a nonpartisan initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

How We Do Our Work


Through research, advocacy and strategic communications, we pursue four long-term goals for Minnesota:

  • A fair tax system that raises enough revenue to sustainably fund our priorities as a state;
  • Investment in public services that expand opportunity and improve the economic well-being of lower-income Minnesotans;
  • Policies that help Minnesotans succeed in the workplace and the marketplace so that economic security and opportunity is available to all; and
  • A sound budget process characterized by sustainable budget choices, the absence of arbitrary spending caps and formulas, and meaningful opportunities for participation.

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Funders and Partnerships

We rely on the generous support from both foundation and individual donors to fulfill our strategic mission and goals, including the Annie E. Casey FoundationCenter on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Ford Foundation, The Minneapolis Foundation, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations, and the Stoneman Family Foundations. 

Learn more about the work we do with coalitions and partners.


Meet Our Interns

Micheala Sharp

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Micheala joined the Minnesota Budget Project as a communications intern for the legislative session, and has agreed to stay on with us through the summer. She was instrumental in helping the Minnesota Budget Project maintain a strong message and presence on our Facebook and Twitter profiles throughout the session. A recent grad from Macalester College in St. Paul, with a BA in Classical Languages, Micheala seeks to produce content and hone strategies that can inform and motivate audiences. She will continue to support our comms work for our policy agenda, as well as contribute to our brand-focused communications on our website and social channels.

Thien An Pham

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He, Him, His

Thien An Pham is a Minnesota Budget Project research intern this summer, contributing to our work on state and federal immigration policies. He is currently a student at Macalester College, double majoring in applied mathematics/statistics and economics, and minoring in computer science. He’s excited to deepen his understanding of immigration policies and how they affect the lives of immigrants in Minnesota where he lives. When Thien An is not producing great research at the Minnesota Budget Project, he enjoys eating out and watching horror movies with friends.

Ben Becker

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He, Him, His

Ben Becker is a Minnesota Budget Project research intern this summer. His research is taking him on a deep dive into Minnesota's budget, and will be particularly focused on the areas of human services and transportation. He is currently a student at Saint John's University, majoring in economics and minoring in accounting and political science. He's excited to learn and soak up as much knowledge as he can. When Ben is not nerding out on Minnesota's budget, he enjoys playing soccer for his team in the Minnesota Amateur Soccer League and perusing tv shows.