Archive for May 2017

Minnesota Taxes Much Less Regressive

Minnesota’s state and local tax system remains regressive, with lower- and middle-income households generally paying a larger percentage of their income in state and local taxes than higher-income households, although the degree of tax regressivity is modest and significantly reduced relative to what is was two years earlier. The decline in tax regressivity is primarily…

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On the Disadvantages of Switching to the Federal Exchange

MNsure, Minnesota’s state-based health exchange, has been a target of conservatives since its founding in 2013, including several attempts to transition to a federally-administered exchange. This raises the question of whether or not a federal exchange is in any way better than the current system. MNsure is the marketplace for individual and small group plans,…

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City LGA Differences Among Various Plans

Governor Dayton’s city Local Government Aid (LGA) proposal increases the LGA appropriation in the upcoming two year budget, while the House freezes the appropriation and the Senate cuts it, as noted in the preceding North Star article. Knowledge of the appropriation alone, however, does not tell us how much aid individual cities will receive. In…

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