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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.

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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.

January 2012

Constitutional budget limits would put Minnesota's future at risk

Amending the Minnesota Constitution to limit lawmakers' ability to use available resources or decide the size of the state budget would endanger the state's economic future. Three proposed constitutional amendments would limit lawmakers' ability to respond to changing circumstances and needs. They would result in legislative gridlock and more budget gimmicks, ultimately putting the state's future at risk.

May 2011

Constitutional revenue limits damaged Colorado's business climate, quality of life

In 1992, Colorado adopted TABOR, a constitutional amendment that strictly limits state spending. The state soon found itself falling behind in many economic performance and achievement indicators. In 2005, a bipartisan, broad-based coalition of state leaders and groups succeeded in temporarily suspending TABOR to allow Colorado's economy to recover. 

January 2009

Kitchen table budget principles

A joint release with the Organizing Apprenticeship Project By Jermaine Toney, Organizing Apprenticeship Project The Sta...

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.