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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

September 2009

Unprecedented: Governor Pawlenty's unallotments cut $2.7 billion from state budget

Governor Makes Unprecedented Use of Unallotment Authority The primary challenge of the 2009 Legislative Session was to...

July 2009

Surprise resolution to 2009 Legislative Session leaves long-term deficits

The 2009 Legislative Session ended in May with the job only partially done. Legislators and Governor Pawlenty spent the session attempting to negotiate a solution to a $4.6 billion state budget deficit for the FY 2010-11 biennium. As the legislature reached the constitutionally prescribed adjournment date on May 18, a $2.7 billion deficit still remained. After the session concluded with no negotiated agreement, the Governor exerted his authority to unilaterally “unallot” spending to resolve the remaining deficit and bring the budget into balance.

In the end, the FY 2010-11 budget deficit was resolved using a combination of spending reductions and one-time budget-balancing measures. The decision to rely heavily on one-time measures to fix the current deficit will have long-term implications as Minnesota is facing persistent budget deficits.

This analysis begins with a brief overview of the major elements of the solution to the FY 2010-11 budget deficit, then goes into greater detail to explain the budget proposals from the Governor, House, and Senate, and the final decisions that were reached.

April 2009

Round two: Governor increases use of one-time resources in revised budget

Governor's Revised Budget Proposal Offers Short-Term Fix for Long-Term Budget Problems The real work of the 2009 Legisla...

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...

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.