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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.

Research

September 2008

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

May 2008

Racial reform of the estate tax: A solution in search of a problem

A large package of tax cuts became law in 2001, including the gradual elimination of the federal estate tax. Those laws are set to expire in 2011, when the estate tax will revert to previous higher rates. The nearing expiration date has triggered a set of unaffordable and unfair proposals to radically lower, or even eliminate, the estate tax.

March 2008

Federal economic stimulus bill reaches more people, but leaves out quickest-acting measures

Effective Stimulus Is Targeted, Timely and Temporary Amid numerous signs that the U.S. economy was faltering, Congress...

March 2008

President's proposed budget cuts would hurt Minnesotans and increase Minnesota's budget deficit

Federal Issues Blog Posts

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, ...

March 16, 2020

Policymakers must act to prevent economic hardship, deep recession

The corona virus is creating a public health emergency and economic disruption. Policymakers should act to alleviate financial hardship and reduce the threat of a deep recession.

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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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