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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

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) debate: What's at stake

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is a tax stop-gap, preventing wealthy taxpayers from completely avoiding income taxes by exploiting tax deductions, loopholes and exclusions. The AMT is not indexed for inflation, however, and so it is affecting a rapidly growing number of people. The AMT should be reformed, but that reform should be fully paid for, well-targeted and permanent.

September 2008

Reducing poverty in Minnesota

Federal Issues Blog Posts

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...

September 21, 2021

Dear Congress: It's time to pass historic investments

If Congress makes the right choices, recovery legislation could lead to historic reductions in economic and racial inequality in Minnesota and across the country.

July 20, 2021

A brief rundown on the expanded Child Tax Credit

Here we break down some basic information as to who is eligible for the Child Tax Credit, how much families will receive, and how families can receive their credits.

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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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