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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 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

Supermajority amendment would create pressure to increase property taxes

A proposed constitutional supermajority amendment would lead to unintended consequences, including cost-shifting to the local level, creating pressure to increase property taxes.

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

May 03, 2021

What does improved April economic update mean for budget negotiations?

The state’s economic picture has improved compared to the February forecast , according to the recent April Revenue and...

December 18, 2020

A deep dive into budget forecast: what it does and doesn’t tell us

Minnesota isn’t sustainably bringing in enough revenues to fund its current commitments, which is showing up in a projec...

October 01, 2020

State budget process kicks off amid unusual uncertainty

Fresh pencils for back to school, shorter days, bright red maples – these are a few of the classic harbingers of fall....

June 15, 2020

Special session begins; Minnesotans call for bold action

The COVID-19 crisis, and the longstanding crises in policing and racial inequity in Minnesota, have damaged our health, livelihoods, and communities. Policymakers must take bold steps to better ensure Minnesotans can stay healthy, safe, and get by economically in the immediate term, and invest in resilience in all communities for the future.