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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

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.

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.

February 2012

Constitutional amendment would undermine Minnesota's economic recovery

A proposal to amend the state's constitution would severely limit how much the state could spend from year to year. The amendment would undermine Minnesota's ability to quickly recover from a recession and make it nearly impossible to make the investments necessary to keep the state economically competitive.

Minnesota Budget Process Blog Posts

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.

April 11, 2018

Proposed constitutional amendment would undermine general fund resources and underfund transportation

Many of Minnesota’s priorities – from K-12 education, to financial aid for college students, to broadband access – are...

January 18, 2018

Minnesota’s budget reserve an important source of stability in tough times

This fall, the state’s November Budget and Economic Forecast projected a slight state budget deficit for the remainder...

November 27, 2017

State budget adds to an uncertain future

With the state scheduled to release its latest Economic and Budget Forecast next Tuesday , it’s a good time to look back...