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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

June 2011

A tale of two visions: Comparing Governor Dayton's and the Legislature's FY 2012-13 budgets

During the 2011 Legislative Session, Governor Dayton and the Legislature put forward two very different plans for the state's next two-year budget. Governor Dayton has proposed a balanced approach that combines spending cuts and revenue increases, while the Legislature's budget relies heavily on deep cuts to services. This analysis compares the details of the two plans for K-12 education, health and human services, higher education, jobs and economic development, public safety, transportation, and taxes.

May 2011

Revenue-raising options to help close Minnesota's FY 2012-13 budget deficit

Minnesota faces a long, slow economic recovery, large state deficits and some very tough choices. Taking a balanced...

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. 

April 2011

Governor Dayton presents a balanced approach to the state's FY 2012-13 deficit

Governor Dayton’s budget presents a balanced approach to resolving the state’s $5.0 billion deficit for FY 2012-13. His proposal makes significant cuts to areas like higher education and health and human services, but prevents even deeper reductions by proposing $2.7 billion in tax increases. Dayton’s budget will also have important implications for other areas of the budget, including E-12 education, workforce development, housing, public safety, and state government.

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...