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Minnesota Taxes and Tax Plans

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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

April 2007

Tax fairness declining in Minnesota: Explaining the 2007 Tax Incidence Study

Average taxes in Minnesota are still lower than they were in the 1990s, according to the 2007 Tax Incidence Study, even though they have been on the rise since 2002. The state’s tax system has also followed a trend towards greater regressivity since 1996. A greater reliance on local taxes (especially the property tax) and rising income inequality have both contributed to the erosion of tax fairness.

November 2006

2006 budget decisions leave much on the table for 2007

May 2006

Sources of revenue considered in the 2006 Legislative Session

April 2006

Minnesota's taxes: Who pays and how much

Taxes and Tax Plans Blog Posts

June 24, 2019

Final tax plan boosts tax credits for working Minnesotans, but falls short on future stability

The 2019 tax bill agreed to by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature in the recently completed special legisla...

May 21, 2019

Global budget deal reached Sunday; more work needed to pass final budget

On Sunday evening after weeks of negotiations, legislative leaders and Governor Tim Walz announced a global budget deal....

May 17, 2019

All tax plans on the table raise revenues: the difference is how much and who benefits

The negotiations to reach a budget deal this session have at times been characterized as a debate between raising taxes...

May 06, 2019

Real people, real communities: Why maintaining the provider tax is so important

It’s hard to avoid news about the health care provider tax if you follow politics in Minnesota. Our state’s provider tax...