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Minnesota Budget Outlook and Trends

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The state's budget is influenced by economic conditions, and in return, state budget and policy decisions should be informed by how Minnesotans are being effected by the economy. We provide analysis of the state's economic and budget forecasts as well as research on long-term budget trends.

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April 2016

Good news, but need for caution: Inside the February 2016 Economic Forecast

Minnesota continues to be in positive budget territory, with a $900 million positive balance for FY 2016-17, and a $1.2 billion projected positive balance for the upcoming FY 2018-19 budget cycle. These positive projected balances provide opportunities for the state to invest strategically so that more Minnesotans can access ladders into the middle class. However, lawmakers should also avoid making large and unsustainable tax cuts that could put Minnesota’s economic future at risk.

December 2015

Future economic strength depends on workforce: Inside the November 2015 Economic Forecast

Minnesota continues to be in positive budget territory, with a $1.2 billion positive balance for FY 2016-17. The state also has a projected positive balance for the upcoming FY 2018-19 budget cycle. These positive balances provide opportunity for the state to invest in its workforce to ensure a strong economic future for Minnesota.

March 2015

State strides into positive budget territory: Inside the February 2015 Economic Forecast

Minnesota's projected budget balance of $1.9 billion for FY 2016-17 is due to stronger economic growth, higher than expected revenues, and lower anticipated expenditures. Even as the state's economy has improved, many Minnesotans still struggle to make ends meet. State investments, such as affordable child care, would enable more Minnesotans to attain economic security.

December 2014

Minnesota is on the right track: Inside the November 2014 Economic Forecast

Minnesota continues to be in positive budget territory, with a $556 million positive balance for FY 2014-15. The state also has a projected positive balance for the upcoming FY 2016-17 budget cycle. These positive balances provide opportunity for the state to continue on its recent path of smart investments that promote broader economic security and make our tax system fairer.

Budget Outlook and Trends Blog Posts

April 15, 2022

Minnesota April Economic Update includes first estimates of impact of Russia invasion of Ukraine

The state of Minnesota’s revenue picture to date is still solid, but the national economic recovery is now expected to...

March 01, 2022

New budget forecast continues to show resources available to build an equitable recovery

The State of Minnesota is expected to see unprecedented levels of resources, including a strong boost in the short-term ...

January 14, 2022

Newest state revenue update affirms substantial resources are available to build an equitable recovery

The state of Minnesota’s revenue picture continues to improve, but the national economic recovery is expected to be a li...

December 07, 2021

Historic state budget forecast presents historic opportunity

The forecast projects a $7.7 billion general fund surplus for the current FY 2022-23 budget cycle, and a $6.0 billion structural balance for the upcoming FY 2024-25 budget cycle. These projections represent a historic opportunity to make transformational changes to build a more equitable recovery.