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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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September 2008

State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP): Keeping Minnesotans healthy

Why It Matters: SCHIP Keeps Minnesota's Children and Parents Healthy Nearly 40,000 Minnesotans, including children, pare...

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

September 2008

Preserving fairness and federal revenues: A common-sense approach to the estate tax

The estate tax helps keep our tax system fair by ensuring that those with the greatest ability to pay contribute their fair share. Proposals to weaken the estate tax would have negative consequences, including increasing the federal debt and reducing tax fairness. Minnesota's federal delegation should reject estate tax changes that increase the deficit or weaken the estate tax beyond the 2009 law. 

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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