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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

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.

April 2015

Governor Dayton strives to increase opportunity in his FY 2016-17 budget proposal

After nearly a decade of frequent deficits and cuts to services, Minnesota’s outlook is improved and now faces a projected $1.9 billion surplus. Governor Mark Dayton uses the opportunity in his budget for the upcoming biennium to make investments in high quality schools, affordable college tuition. and a safe and modern transportation system to build a more prosperous state.

June 2013

Budget choices in the 2013 Legislative Session take Minnesota in a better direction

The FY 2014-15 budget approved in the 2013 Legislative Session made significant progress toward making Minnesota's tax system fairer, investing in the state's future, and putting the state on firmer financial footing. This issue brief examines the details of the budget in health and human services, E-12 education, higher education, economic development and housing, and taxes. 

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...