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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.

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April 2016

Dayton's FY 2016-17 supplemental budget proposal works to expand opportunity and close racial gaps

With a $900 million surplus, Governor Mark Dayton makes strategic investments that are focused on expanding opportunity for more Minnesotans, regardless of their race or where they live. The tax portion of Dayton’s supplemental budget prioritizes sustainable tax choices that move Minnesota toward a tax system that is more equitable across income levels. It is especially focused on supporting working families, particularly those with children.

March 2016

Proposed 'small business' tax cuts miss the mark

The 2016 Legislative Session offers an opportunity for making investments in our communities that build the quality workforce and high standard of living that have been critical to Minnesota's economic success. Large tax cuts that some have proposed would prevent this investment. This fact sheet takes a closer look at some tax cuts proposed to support small businesses and find they don't measure up to the hype.

September 2015

Minnesota tax system now fairer, but there's more to do

Minnesota is moving toward a tax system that is fairer and raises adequate revenues, thanks to reforms passed in 2013 and 2014. Information from the state’s 2015 Tax Incidence Study creates a “before and after” picture of the difference those reforms made. The recent progress, however, shouldn’t mean a change in direction. When measured as a percentage of their incomes, the amount of state and local taxes that high-income Minnesotans pay is still less than what other Minnesotans pay.

July 2015

Opportunities missed and taken in the 2015 Legislative Session

We take an in-depth look at the FY 2016-17 budget passed in June, particularly measuring how well the tax and budget decisions meet the goals of increasing opportunity and economic well-being for all Minnesotans and ensuring a fair and sustainable tax system. With a surplus of $2 billion, policymakers had the opportunity to make targeted new investments after more than a decade of flat or declining funding in many public services. They took some opportunities, missed some, and lost some.

Taxes and Tax Plans Blog Posts

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.

October 30, 2020

October special session legislation includes first-time efforts for equity in bonding package

Minnesota policymakers passed a long-awaited infrastructure package when they convened on October 12 for their fifth...