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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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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

October 2007

Congress acts to cover more kids through State Children's Health Insurance Program

What is the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)? Since its creation by Congress in 1997, the State Childre...

Federal Issues Blog Posts

March 14, 2019

Federal shutdown is over – but harm hit home

The partial federal government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018, and concluded on January 25 of this year was ...

September 24, 2018

New federal rule would increase hardship among New Americans

This weekend, draft language for a new “public charge” rule was released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

September 19, 2018

Plans to cut federal economic security programs take aim at wrong target

Federal investments in family economic security – including stable housing, nutritious food, affordable health care,...

July 16, 2018

New U.S. House budget proposal gives peek into policymakers’ vision for the future

How do you spend your money? It’s a deeply personal question – in a world of limited resources, what you choose to buy...

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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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