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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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November 2015

President Obama's executive action on immigration would expand opportunity

Throughout our nation’s history, immigrants have come to the United States in search of opportunities to build a better life for themselves and their families. Immigrants put their skills to work, and build our workforce and revitalize communities. But federal immigration policy has not kept up with the nation’s economic needs. As a result, there are many immigrants who have strong ties in their communities, but who do not have a legal status. Many have been in the country for a long time and have children who are American citizens. Others came to the U.S. as small children and don’t recognize any other home.

May 2014

MinnesotaCare: A vital part of Minnesota's health care system

MinnesotaCare provides a path to affordable health insurance for lower-income, working Minnesotans who are not covered by their employers or are not able to find affordable coverage in the private market. This brief looks at changes made to MinnesotaCare in the 2013 Legislative Session, including those to adapt to opportunities under the Affordable Care Act.

August 2013

Thousands of Minnesotans would lose basic food support under US House proposal

A proposal under consideration in the U.S. House would drastically cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), ending critical food assistance for for thousands of Minnesotans. The proposed cuts would increase hunger among Minnesotans who still struggle to put food on the table during the slow economic recovery.

August 2011

Federal deficit reduction: How it works and implications for Minnesota

Congress and President Obama agreed to a deal that raises the debt ceiling and ensures over $2.1 trillion in federal deficit reduction through a multi-step process. A close look at the deal reveals a package that is unbalanced and unfair, and could have serious consequences for Minnesota.

Federal Issues Blog Posts

April 07, 2020

Racial equity should be at the core of coronavirus responses

Our nation and state are facing an unprecedented public health crisis in the novel coronavirus. Leaders at all levels...

April 03, 2020

The Federal CARES Act: What’s in the economic stimulus bill, who is left out

We’ve called for an inclusive approach to the public health crisis and the related economic impact. While the latest...

March 26, 2020

A look at the first federal policy steps to combat coronavirus, address economic impact

The federal government has begun to respond to the coronavirus with legislation over the past few weeks. The first was...

March 24, 2020

Federal stimulus plans should include everyone facing hardship

“At a time of crisis, it is much better to be generous and wide ranging than to be too targeted,” said Neel Kashkari, ...

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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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