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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.

Research

March 2014

Economic recovery creates opportunities: inside the February 2014 Forecast

Minnesota's $1.2 billion state budget positive balance shows that Minnesota's economy is making solid gains. Policymakers should act cautiously and continue to work toward a fairer tax system, strengthen budget reserves, and invest in a future of shared prosperity.

December 2013

Minnesota's future brightens, but uncertainty remains: A look at the November 2013 Forecast

A $1.1 billion positive balance means Minnesota will finish reversing past budget gimmicks. It also means policymakers can build upon the progress made in the 2013 Legislative Session and continue to invest in a prosperous future for Minnesota.

March 2013

Minnesota economy improving, but deficits continue: A look at the February 2013 Economic Forecast

Minnesota continues to face budget deficits, even though the economy is improving. The February 2013 Economic Forecast shows an improving budget outlook that reflects higher revenues and lower spending, but deficits continue for the next few years.

January 2013

Minnesota should get on a sustainable track: A look at the November 2012 Economic Forecast

Even though the economy is improving, Minnesota faces a $1.1 billion deficit in FY 2014-15 ($2.0 billion when inflation is included). Policymakers have an opportunity in the 2013 Legislative Session to end the cycle of budget deficits and quick fixes and get the state on a sustainable path.

Budget Outlook and Trends Blog Posts

August 10, 2020

Minnesota expecting continued revenue shortfalls; time for strong federal action

July brought us more sobering news about the ongoing damage that COVID-19 is expected to have on the economy, and by extension the state’s budget.

August 03, 2020

New data confirm states need more federal Medicaid support

Data shows climbing numbers of Minnesotans needing some help to afford care while we’re also seeing massive state revenue shortfalls as a result of the pandemic’s economic disruption. This presents a serious mismatch of needs and resources. An increase to federal Medicaid funding is needed to make sure people can get the health care they need, when they need it.

July 14, 2020

July economic update shows state will need all the tools in the toolbox

The state's quarterly economic report shows that projections for the national economy have gotten even worse. While state revenues have come in a bit ahead of what was predicted in May, the state is still on track for a more than $2 billion budget shortfall for the current budget cycle.

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.