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Federal policy decisions in areas from health care to nutrition to the environment have a real impact on Minnesotans' daily lives. The federal government is also an important partner in funding public services at the state and local levels, and federal tax decisions influence our state tax system as well. Our analysis focuses on whether federal policies support or hinder Minnesota's progress toward building a broader prosperity for all.

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May 2022

How to find more information about how Minnesota's American Rescue Plan funds are being used

The federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) directed $8.5 billion to the state of Minnesota, as well as local and tribal governments. This page outlines several resources to help you find more specific information about the three primary types of ARP funding going to state and local governments.

December 2021

New data show that despite improvement, many face continued hardship

The United States has made progress toward recovery from the hardships caused by the pandemic, thanks in part to strong...

December 2021

Putting American Rescue Plan dollars to work for Minnesota: Major funding sources to state and local governments

The American Rescue Plan dollars have created an extraordinary opportunity to put a substantial down-payment on the investments that Minnesotans need and to start building a more equitable state and economy. Read how the dollars are distributed to state and local governments.

August 2021

Child Tax Credit expansions expected to make historic reductions in child poverty; Improvements should be made permanent

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 temporarily makes powerful changes to the Child Tax Credit that increase the credit amount and expand eligibility for the credit to include children and families who were previously left out. This issue brief dives deep into the impacts and why these changes should be made permanent.

Federal Issues Blog Posts

February 14, 2022

States' use of ARP flexible funds should prioritize a robust and equitable pandemic recovery

Many states have used their federal Fiscal Recovery Funds to respond to the pandemic and address long-standing barriers and inequities; however, too much has gone for things unrelated to those goals.

October 06, 2021

Federal tax reforms are an essential piece of building a better future

Federal policymakers are in the midst of an essential and high stakes debate about the future of our country. More than...

September 22, 2021

Unemployment Insurance supports workers, not a major cause of labor shortages

To keep workers across the nation safe from infection with COVID-19 and stabilize household incomes, in March 2020 Co...

September 22, 2021

Federal policy action protected health, economic well-being during pandemic

Federal COVID-19 relief actions reduced hardship during the pandemic and the dramatic economic disruption it caused in...

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Federal Funds are Instrumental to Building Prosperity

The federal government is a significant source of funding for Minnesota and helps more Minnesotans have affordable health care, assists low-income families who are trying to make ends meet, and strengthens our roads and transit systems. 

In the FY 2018-19 biennium, about 30 percent of the state’s budget comes from the federal government, or close to $25 billion. Additional federal dollars go to local governments and nonprofits for education, transportation, and other community investments. Read the full report here.

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