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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.

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July 2015

Opportunities missed and taken in the 2015 Legislative Session

We take an in-depth look at the FY 2016-17 budget passed in June, particularly measuring how well the tax and budget decisions meet the goals of increasing opportunity and economic well-being for all Minnesotans and ensuring a fair and sustainable tax system. With a surplus of $2 billion, policymakers had the opportunity to make targeted new investments after more than a decade of flat or declining funding in many public services. They took some opportunities, missed some, and lost some.

April 2015

Governor Dayton strives to increase opportunity in his FY 2016-17 budget proposal

After nearly a decade of frequent deficits and cuts to services, Minnesota’s outlook is improved and now faces a projected $1.9 billion surplus. Governor Mark Dayton uses the opportunity in his budget for the upcoming biennium to make investments in high quality schools, affordable college tuition. and a safe and modern transportation system to build a more prosperous state.

August 2013

MNsure: A new world of opportunities for affordable health insurance starts in 2014

Starting January 1, 2014, Minnesotans will experience a new world of health insurance options, thanks to the state’s new insurance exchange, MNsure. MNsure is an online marketplace where individuals and small employers will be able to shop for, compare and enroll in insurance. Although two-thirds of Minnesotans will continue to get health insurance directly through their employers, nearly 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to use MNsure to find private or public health insurance.

June 2013

Budget choices in the 2013 Legislative Session take Minnesota in a better direction

The FY 2014-15 budget approved in the 2013 Legislative Session made significant progress toward making Minnesota's tax system fairer, investing in the state's future, and putting the state on firmer financial footing. This issue brief examines the details of the budget in health and human services, E-12 education, higher education, economic development and housing, and taxes. 

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...