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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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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.

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.

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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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