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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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June 2010

The basics of cap and trade

A cap and trade system is one approach to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. It caps the total amount of carbon pollution that can be emitted in a given area, and gives pollution permits or “allowances” to individual companies to meet those goals. Companies that are able to reduce their carbon emissions can profit by trading part of their permitted emission to other firms.

May 2010

Climate change and low-income households: consumer relief and economic opportunities

Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing our world, and it disproportionately impacts low-income households who are more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change such as pollution or extreme weather. As a result, the Minnesota Budget Project strongly supports reducing greenhouse gas emissions, whether the solution is a result of federal or regional legislation.

September 2008

Federal fiscal relief to Minnesota can help combat budget deficit and aid ailing economy

Amid numerous signs that the U.S. economy was faltering, Congress quickly passed a $168 billion federal economic s...

September 2008

Federal appropriations: Impact on Minnesota

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October 23, 2019

Census 2020: It’s a big deal

Here at the Minnesota Budget Project, we rely on the Census Bureau and its excellent data because it helps us better u...

September 10, 2019

New Census data shows some positive trends, but not everyone benefits

The Census Bureau released new data today showing a 0.5 percent reduction in national poverty rates, making 2018 the...

August 21, 2019

Trump administration continues assault on New Americans with new rule

A new "public charge" policy would make it harder for New Americans to keep their families together and puts new roadblocks on their path to citizenship.

March 14, 2019

Federal shutdown is over – but harm hit home

The partial federal government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018, and concluded on January 25 of this year was ...

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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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