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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

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

July 09, 2020

Bonnie Tyler wasn’t wrong: We need a HERO

The HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act proposal is a needed Congressional effort to...

May 06, 2020

Additional federal funding to states is time-critical

Federal policymakers should move quickly to direct significant additional funding to states, as well as local and tribal governments, to address the severe impacts of the public health emergency and the economic recession, and to prevent the economic downturn from getting worse.

May 05, 2020

May budget report reveals the need to support everyday folks

The May budget projection will guide the decisions that policymakers make in the remaining weeks of the legislative session, and the months beyond. They remind us of how many of our neighbors are struggling, and the importance of taking swift action to reduce the hardships that Minnesotans and their families are facing as a result of the pandemic, and to start building for the economic recovery.

May 04, 2020

Increased Medicaid funding to states protects health care, critical services

While they have taken some preliminary steps, federal decision-makers should further boost the Medicaid dollars it sends to states, make that increase last until the economy recovers, and maintain strong requirements to protect health care coverage.

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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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