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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

January 27, 2020

January economic outlook is brighter

January's Economic Update brought us good short-term news: revenues are up, and the economy is growing at a good pace for now. However, with slower economic growth and potential for a recession on the horizon, policymakers should prioritize a strong budget reserve to be able to meet Minnesotans' needs in future tough times.

December 05, 2019

Minnesota’s November budget forecast offers some near-term good news, while pointing to the need for sustained revenues for investments

Minnesota’s budget reserve is strengthened and the state’s budget outlook gives us short-term good news, according to ...

November 07, 2019

Minnesota's budget reserve is strong, let's keep it strong

Every year, Minnesota Management and Budget gives Minnesotans an estimate of what the state needs in its "rainy day" fu...

October 22, 2019

Minnesota's October Economic Update shows good news for revenues, but the future's not all roses

The recently released October Revenue and Economic Update gave us some improved news about the state’s economic and...