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State tax policy that prioritizes everyday Minnesotans can expand economic opportunity, build thriving communities, and strengthen our economic future. However, tax policy can also widen income, wealth, and racial inequality if it primarily benefits those who are already doing well in today's economy.

We analyze individual tax proposals and full tax plans from the governor and legislative bodies, as well as the tax system overall, emphasizing the impact on everyday Minnesotans, tax fairness, and the ability of the tax system to raise the revenues needed to sustainably fund public investments that keep us moving forward as a state.

Research

July 2009

Surprise resolution to 2009 Legislative Session leaves long-term deficits

The 2009 Legislative Session ended in May with the job only partially done. Legislators and Governor Pawlenty spent the session attempting to negotiate a solution to a $4.6 billion state budget deficit for the FY 2010-11 biennium. As the legislature reached the constitutionally prescribed adjournment date on May 18, a $2.7 billion deficit still remained. After the session concluded with no negotiated agreement, the Governor exerted his authority to unilaterally “unallot” spending to resolve the remaining deficit and bring the budget into balance.

In the end, the FY 2010-11 budget deficit was resolved using a combination of spending reductions and one-time budget-balancing measures. The decision to rely heavily on one-time measures to fix the current deficit will have long-term implications as Minnesota is facing persistent budget deficits.

This analysis begins with a brief overview of the major elements of the solution to the FY 2010-11 budget deficit, then goes into greater detail to explain the budget proposals from the Governor, House, and Senate, and the final decisions that were reached.

May 2009

Few small business owners would be impacted by income tax increase on high-income households

No business or individual alone can provide for an educated workforce or safe roads and bridges. Taxes pay for these...

April 2009

Tax fairness in Minnesota declines further in 2006: Explaining the 2009 Tax Incidence Study

The 2009 Tax Incidence Study reveals that tax fairness in Minnesota has been on the decline since 1990s. This growing regressivity in the state's tax system is the result of two trends: growing income inequality and an increasing reliance on local taxes - particularly the property tax.

April 2009

Round two: Governor increases use of one-time resources in revised budget

Governor's Revised Budget Proposal Offers Short-Term Fix for Long-Term Budget Problems The real work of the 2009 Legisla...

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September 09, 2021

Research and analysis wonk? Check out our open position

The Minnesota Budget Project team is excited to announce our search for a Research Analyst who will produce timely and...

May 07, 2021

Over 100 organizations ask state leaders to make bold investments and raise revenues

As the end of the 2021 Legislative Session inches closer, over 100 organizations from around Minnesota have called on s...

April 15, 2021

Walz's supplemental budget calls for resources for greater investments

We have called on policymakers to take bold action to respond to the health, economic, and racial justice crises before...

January 27, 2021

Walz’s proposed budget includes strong and fair revenues

Governor Tim Walz released what he called his “COVID-19 Recovery Budget” in the context of health, economic, and state revenue crises.