Budgets and Fiscal Policy

Our work in selected areas of government spending and budgets -- through the lenses of efficiency, transparency, and accountability.

November 01, 2012

Rewarmed or Reformed? Minnesota Relaunches Performance Based Budgeting

Advocates say it's a recipe for productivity and efficiency improvements in government and a foundation of long-term budget sustainability. Skeptics says it is politically naive and administratively utopian with potential hazards. Experience says it's best to ratchet way back on any …

January 02, 2012

How Does Minnesota Compare - Government Transparency Edition

Minnesota's rankings on a host of transparency meaures deveoped by national organizations. January-February 2012.

November 01, 2011

Budgeting Through the Constitution: Popular Appeal; Practical Problems

From our Nov-Dec 2011 edition of Fiscal Focus. The potential long-term consequences of constitutional budgeting and supermajority requirements make these popular ideas poor policy.