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Minnesota Budget Plans

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The state of Minnesota's budget determines what resources are available for everything from schools to health care to parks to transportation. 

Understanding the budget proposals that are on the table, as well as what ultimately gets passed into law, is essential information you can use to become involved in influencing budget decisions. We analyze full budget proposals, as well as proposals on key components of the budget, from the governor and legislative bodies, emphasizing public services that expand opportunity and economic security to more Minnesotans.

Research

April 2009

Consequences of Governor Pawlenty's FY 2010-11 budget proposal

Governor Pawlenty's Budget Proposal Would Impact Struggling Minnesotans The State of Minnesota is in fiscal crisis. Min...

February 2009

Round one: Governor's initial budget proposal focuses on spending cuts and one-time measures

The Budget Debate Begins The 2009 budget discussion began when Governor Pawlenty released his budget proposal in late Ja...

January 2009

Kitchen table budget principles

A joint release with the Organizing Apprenticeship Project By Jermaine Toney, Organizing Apprenticeship Project The Sta...

January 2009

Punting the problem: 2008 Legislative Session ends with a short-term solution

In the 2008 Legislative Session, policymakers were faced with the challenge of solving a projected $935 million deficit for the FY 2008-09 biennium and a $1.1 billion deficit for the FY 2010-11 biennium ($2.1 billion when the costs of inflation are included). Unfortunately, the final agreement between the Legislature and the Governor focused on some short-sighted solutions. 

This report takes a close look at the outcomes of the 2008 Legislative Session, focusing on how policymakers relied heavily on one-time resources to solve the deficit, as well as the impact on individual areas of the state’s budget.

Minnesota Budget Plans Blog Posts

June 07, 2022

Mental health bill takes important steps forward in addressing state’s crisis

Minnesota legislators took important steps toward shoring up our state’s mental health system by allocating $93 million over three years aimed at increasing the number of providers, supporting mental health crisis services, and reducing racial disparities in mental health services.

May 26, 2022

What passed, what’s unfinished business after end of 2022 Legislative Session

On Monday, the 2022 Legislative Session officially ended, but what did policymakers actually pass into law? With a his...

May 19, 2022

Minnesota Legislature passes bill on Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, frontline worker payments

After months of negotiation, the Minnesota Legislature recently passed legislation that addressed three major issues of ...

May 19, 2022

A quick look at the global budget agreement

Governor Tim Walz and legislative leaders announced targets on Wednesday for how they propose to allocate the remainder...