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Minnesota Budget Process

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Knowing the nuts and bolts of how the Minnesota budget process works is essential for getting involved in state budget decisions. We provide tools to help you navigate the state budget process. Our work also focuses on budget process policy issues, from best practices for Minnesota's budget reserve to harmful proposals to limit the state's ability to make decisions that best meet Minnesotans' needs.

Research

February 2020

The advocate's fiscal toolbox

This fact sheet provides a guide to the top tax and budget resources that advocates can use to advance their issues at the state capitol.

April 2019

How to read the governor's budget

This document walks through how to read the general fund statement and budget book pages that come out with the governor's budget proposals.

February 2019

How to read the Health Care Access Fund statement

The Health Care Access Fund (HCAF) was created to hold Minnesota’s health care provider tax revenues, in addition to several smaller revenue sources. This document provides readers a quick tour of the balance sheet that is updated in each state budget forecast.

February 2019

Everyone is an important part of Minnesota's tax system and can have a say at the Capitol

This infographic includes information about how all Minnesotans contribute to fund public services in Minnesota, and the process for setting the state's budget.

Minnesota Budget Process Blog Posts

May 23, 2022

Lack of public investment shifts costs of college education to students and families

Higher education is a steppingstone for many Minnesotans to further their career goals, gain advanced qualifications in ...

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...

April 26, 2022

Minnesota House releases their budget targets

The Minnesota House’s newly released budget targets lay out their priorities for use of the state’s substantial budget...

April 14, 2022

Minnesota House and Senate lay out their budget and tax priorities

Amid unprecedented resources available to invest in Minnesotans’ well-being and build a more equitable state, the House and Senate have released their supplemental budget bills.