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  • March 21, 2016

2015 Tax Proposals: a “What If” Analysis

The legislature failed to pass an omnibus tax bill during the 2015 legislative session. But what if the Governor’s 2015 tax proposal had been enacted in 2015? Or what if the Senate’s 2015 omnibus tax bill had been enacted? Or the House’s? The analysis below will examine the state general fund budgetary balance under each […]

  • March 17, 2016

A Better Way to Reduce Tax Regressivity

According to business lobbyists, one of the benefits of the elimination of the state business property tax is a reduction in Minnesota tax regressivity. In the long run, though, business property tax breaks are an inefficient way to do this, especially in comparison to homeowner tax relief. Minnesota’s state and local tax system is regressive, […]

  • March 16, 2016

Governor’s Budget Focused on Fiscal Stability

Governor Mark Dayton released a cautious supplemental budget yesterday, leaving significant unspent resources on the bottom line both in the current FY 2016-17 and the upcoming 2018-19 biennia. While being careful not to break the bank, Dayton does designate a portion of the state surplus to important investments on education and broadband, while at the […]

  • March 15, 2016

Minnesota Renewable Energy Goal is On Track

In 2007, the legislature passed a bill, called the Next Generation Energy Act, that aimed not only to reduce electricity use from fossil fuel by 15 percent by 2015, but also to increase electricity from renewable sources to 25 percent by 2025. A recent report

  • March 15, 2016

Wage Theft in Minnesota

Wage theft is a serious issue affecting the entire nation, including Minnesota. Millions of American workers have had their wages stolen by their employers, and according to a report from the Department of Labor, wage theft disproportionately affects low-wage workers. The Department of Labor found that minimum wage violations (wage theft for minimum wage workers), […]

  • March 14, 2016

Majority of Business Tax Break Leaves Minnesota

The elimination of state business property tax is projected to reduce state revenue by nearly $1.9 billion by the time it is fully phased-in. However, the amount of net tax relief received by Minnesotans will only be about $0.9 billion. What happened to the missing $1.0 billion? It will be exported to out-of-state taxpayers or […]

  • March 10, 2016

No Evidence Taxes are Driving People Out

A new report from the right wing Center of the American Experiment (CAE) contends that Minnesotans are leaving the state in droves—a phenomenon referred to as “income migration.” The culprit—according to the report—are those hateful Minnesota taxes. A recent post from the Minnesota Budget Project points out that the data used in the CAE report […]

  • March 9, 2016

Drinking the Supply-Side Kool-Aid

The conservative Center of the American Experiment recently posted a strident defense of supply-side economics on a conservative blog. Most economists have long abandoned supply-side economics—or at least the form of it promulgated by right wing politicians and pundits. But some conservatives are trying to breathe new life into supply-side, even though, by their own […]

  • March 9, 2016

Metro Area Gets Most from State Business Tax Repeal

Proponents of the elimination of the state business property tax have touted the tax relief that will flow to greater Minnesota businesses. However, the vast majority of the relief will flow to the seven-county metropolitan area, with over a third going to Hennepin County alone. This article is part of a continuing series which examines […]

  • March 7, 2016

Broadband Development Goals: A Right Step Forward

The importance of high-speed Internet and universally accessible broadband infrastructure is undeniable in the digital economy like today’s. It is vital infrastructure in every industry, from finance, manufacturing, and agriculture to public services like emergency dispatch, education, and health care. Broadband provides access to information, services, and opportunities to millions of people across the country, […]