Budgets and Fiscal Policy

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

July 18, 2014

That Rainy Day Feeling

Is this the year we establish stronger budget reserve targets and deposit policies in statute?  Minnesota's current tax policy suggests this is a necessity, not an option.  From our March-April 2014 edition of Fiscal Focus.

July 17, 2014

The Big Divorce

For decades a prominent and influential measure of government inflation mirrored general consumer inflation.  Then something happened.  In this article from our Nov-Dec 2013 edition of Fiscal Focus, we take a closer look at the split and why it matters for Minnesota.

June 19, 2013

The Progressives' Tax Policy Paradox

From our May-June 2013 edition of Fiscal Focus.  The 2013 legislative session was dominated by discussion about the progressivity of Minnesota's tax system.  In this From the Director column, we argue that new revenues will have to include more regressive forms of taxation.…