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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 2012

'98 Percent' constitutional amendment creates barriers to common-sense budgeting

A proposed constitutional amendment creates a series of restrictions on policymakers' ability to make budget decisions that meet the state's needs and respond to changing circumstances. The proposal limits appropriations and spending to arbitrary levels and triggers tax cuts without regard to the state's current situation.

March 2012

Governor Dayton's FY 2012-13 supplemental budget focuses on small adjustments

Governor Dayton is proposing relatively minor adjustments to the state's current FY 2012-13 budget in his 2012-13 Supplemental Budget. The Governor reverses some of the cuts made to health and human services in the current budget, and increases funding for jobs and economic development, and veterans' benefits.

February 2012

Supermajority requirement would limit financial flexibility, risking Minnesota's credit rating

Requiring a supermajority vote in both the House and Senate to raise taxes would raise concerns among credit rating agencies about the state’s financial flexibility and creditworthiness. A downgrade of Minnesota's credit rating could lead to higher costs to maintain our infrastructure.

February 2012

Supermajority amendment is wrong for Minnesota

This issue brief provides an overview of the proposed supermajority amendment's mechanics and reasons it is wrong for Minnesota. A supermajority requirement would lead to more government gridlock, encourage budget gimmicks, create pressure to increase other revenue sources, impede tax reform, and threaten the state's credit rating.

Minnesota Budget Plans Blog Posts

August 12, 2019

Final transportation budget bill falls short of meeting the needs of Minnesotans

Despite several proposals put forward this legislative session to increase the amount of resources dedicated to building and maintaining Minnesota's roads, bridges, and transit infrastructure, the FY 2020-21 budget only raises minimal additional revenues.

July 03, 2019

Final education budget makes important investments, but leaves more to do to support all Minnesota students

The final E-12 education and higher education budgets for FY 2020-21 make important strides toward ensuring that more s...

July 02, 2019

Raiding the state's budget reserve today could hurt everyday Minnesotans tomorrow

It’s imperative to build a strong budget reserve when the state’s economic outlook is good, and Minnesota has made laudable progress. But that budget reserve will only work if we keep it strong and only use it when it's needed.

June 19, 2019

Critical funding for health care preserved but small gains in support for families

Overall, the final HHS budget agreement is a mixed bag for Minnesotans.