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Federal Issues

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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July 2018

Federal funds to Minnesota are instrumental to building shared prosperity

Partnership with the federal government allows Minnesotans to have affordable health care, strong roads and transit, supports for jobs and training, and other priorities for thriving families and communities. Close to $25 billion, or 30 percent of the state’s budget, comes from the federal government.

October 2017

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals important for Minnesota's economy and inclusive communities

About 10,000 young people in Minnesota are eligible, and 6,300 currently receive, temporary relief from deportation and work permits through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is an important tool in building the workforce the state needs. DACA has allowed these young community members to obtain higher levels of education and more work opportunities.

November 2015

Stable status for undocumented immigrants good for economy

In Minnesota, as in the rest of the United States, immigrants play a crucial role in shaping our economy and communities. Many of the first Minnesota immigrants came from Scandinavian countries, and today families from India, Laos, Mexico and Somalia call Minnesota their home.

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.

Federal Issues Blog Posts

October 25, 2022

Inflation Reduction Act advances economic relief, tax equity, and climate response

The federal Inflation Reduction Act includes provisions so that seniors, workers, and families can meet their health care and basic needs, takes important steps to address the climate crisis, and raises revenues from those with the greatest resources to invest in critical public services.

May 23, 2022

Lack of public investment shifts costs of college education to students and families

Higher education is a steppingstone for many Minnesotans to further their career goals, gain advanced qualifications in ...

May 19, 2022

Minnesota Legislature passes bill on Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, frontline worker payments

After months of negotiation, the Minnesota Legislature recently passed legislation that addressed three major issues of ...

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.

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American Rescue Plan Resources

The federal American Rescue Plan (ARP), signed in March 2021, brought about $8.5 billion to Minnesota state and local governments. Learn more about the ARP funding streams and how Minnesota policymakers allocated these resources.  

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