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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

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.

May 2008

Tough decisions in the 2008 Legislative Session leave even tougher choices for 2009

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.