As states struggle with highly stressed transportation finance systems, transportation agencies and think tanks around the country are generating considerable new attention to a very old idea: real estate "value capture" to fund transportation infrastructure. In this Issue Brief we explore the current practice of value capture and assess this idea's potential to make a substantive and sustainable contribution to Minnesota transportation funding.
Updated for 2015! Written in a reader-friendly, easy-to-follow "question and answer" format, this guide is designed to educate all Minnesotans on the controversial issues and questions surrounding the sustainability of our state and local pension plans.
Where in Minnesota is local government’s claim on the economy and the income of local citizens the greatest? How does local government’s fiscal footprint differ across the state? And how does the ability to export local tax burden to non-residents affect this footprint? In this Issue Brief we examine these questions and more by replicating Minnesota’s statewide Price of Government report for local governments on a county-by-county basis.
Learn the basics about why property tax bill is changing and what's responsible for that in an easy question-and-answer format. This guide also provides some excellent ideas about how to get involved in budget setting processes and, as a result, influence your property tax bill.
We published the payable 2013 edition of our popular 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study earlier in 2014 in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. This Issue Brief highlights Minnesota's rankings, our burdens compared to other areas across the nation, and some Minnesota-related implications.
Minnesota's new fourth tier income tax and recent estate tax changes alter the economics of residence decisions. In this Issue Brief we quantify the economic incentives for leaving Minnesota (and the disincentive to migrate here) for four very high income levels that the state's income tax system creates.
We published the national version of our popular 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study earlier in 2013 in conjunction with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. This Issue Brief highlights Minnesota's rankings, our burdens compared to other areas across the nation, and some implications of our findings for Minnesota.
Since the early 1990’s, the Minnesota Price of Government (POG) has been calculated to measure and track state and local government’s claim on Minnesota income. However, since its inception, the composition of Minnesota Personal Income – a foundation of the price of government calculation – has changed dramatically making common interpretations and uses of the POG problematic at best and distorting at worst.
individual income tax burdens
and effective tax rates for various filer types at different income
levels in 41 states and the District of
Columbia. Published March 2013.
Reviews and summarizes the results from a number of national ranking studies on state competitiveness and state business climate; highlights key findings and conclusions; discusses several policy-related questions arising from this review; and offers recommendations on addressing Minnesota’s “Fiscal Catch-22. Published February 2013.