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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

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.

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.

Minnesota Budget Process Blog Posts

January 28, 2020

Legislative Budget Office will make its debut in upcoming session

The 2020 Legislative Session will involve a new player: the Legislative Budget Office, or LBO . The LBO will be respo...

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...