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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 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

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. 

September 2008

The Pay-As-You-Go rule: A return to fiscal responsibility

September 2008

Reducing poverty in Minnesota

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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