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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

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

May 14, 2024

Decisions in session’s final days should strengthen health care and child care for Minnesotans

In 2023, policymakers made transformational budget investments for the well-being of Minnesotans and their families....

May 13, 2024

Child Tax Credit and tax-filing improvements in play in final 2024 tax negotiations

Minnesota policymakers could be less than two weeks away from enacting into law innovations and improvements in the Child Tax Credit and Minnesotans’ tax-filing experience. Here's a closer look at the issues we are watching and how they are treated in Walz’s tax plan, the House tax bill, and Senate tax bill. Tax negotiators will need to reach agreement and pass final tax legislation before the legislative session ends on May 20.

April 17, 2024

Powerful stories show child care is unaffordable for many; Great Start Scholarships are a solution

This legislative session, families, lawmakers, advocates, and more have drawn attention to child care affordability as an urgent problem that requires solutions. Earlier this session, a hearing was held at the Minnesota House of Representatives where a number of testifiers spoke to the struggles with affordability they face. Parents and providers alike are looking for policy solutions; here are a few of their stories.

April 16, 2024

Latest economic report shows Minnesota revenues coming in above forecast

Minnesota’s revenues are up, and the near-term national economic outlook is slightly improved compared to the February forecast, according to the new April Revenue and Economic Update from Minnesota Management and Budget. Here are some of the Minnesota Budget Project's top takeaways from the update, including what this might mean for budget and tax decisions this legislative session.