Fiscal Focus

Fiscal Focus is our bimonthly publication providing news, analysis, and commentary on tax and spending topics in the headlines.

October 21, 2014

September/October 2014

What Makes a Tax System Competitive?

Highlights from the presentations and discussions at our 88th Annual Meeting of Members

Indicator or Dashboard: Redesigning the Minnesota "Price of Government"

Minnesota’s “Price of Government” report needs an upgrade. A look at why and how.

From the Director: The Politics of Tax Education

Politics might make tax reform tough but it often doesn't do public education on tax issues any favors either.

July 22, 2014

July/August 2014

So, What Are “Inversions”?

Guest columnist, MCFE board member, and international tax expert Ken Levinson of Faegre Baker Daniels provides a closer look at the realities, issues, and misperceptions surrounding this exceptionally complicated topic.

A Look at Minnesota’s Real Personal Income Trends

Newly available data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis offers a different perspective on state personal income – personal income adjusted for purchasing power. A look at Minnesota’s current status, recent trends, and why it matters.

MCFE Annual Meeting to Examine Minnesota Tax Competitiveness

Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and CEO of US Bancorp headlines an all star event examining Minnesota competitiveness in the 21st century

From the Director: Fixing the Corporate Income Tax

Good luck with that.

June 03, 2014

May/June 2014

The "Mad Men" Guide to the 2014 Session

Wisdom and insights from television’s most famous advertising executives have a lot of relevance to recent lawmaker decisions regarding the state budget, property taxes, and other policy areas.

How Does Minnesota's Safety Net Compare?

A new analysis out of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago finds that Minnesota’s reputation as a state that looks after its most economically disadvantaged is well deserved.

Bad Ideas Ruling

A new book titled Dead Men Ruling argues that fiscal democracy in the U.S, – the ability of current and future generations to choose their own spending priorities and allocate resources accordingly – has been ruined because federal budgets are driven by decisions made by people no longer with us. Minnesota addressed this problem long ago but is still beholden to some bad ideas.