Property Taxes

Topics include local property taxation, Minnesota's statewide property tax, aids to local governments and credits.  For background understanding on what constitutes sound tax policy, please see our educational primer "Taxing Decisions Matter: A Citizens Guide to Good Tax Policy".  For background understanding on Minnesota's property tax system, please see our educational primer "Understanding Your Property Taxes".

July 21, 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 regard the state budget, property taxes, and other policy areas.  From our May-June 2014 edition of Fiscal Focus.

December 09, 2013

The Stool Revisited

Minnesota's "unbalanced three legged revenue stool" was one of the more influential and successful policy marketing efforts in state tax history.  With the 2013 tax changes now in place and the 2014 session approaching, we examine the premise of a balanced revenue system, the actions taken in…

June 20, 2013

Third Time is Not a Charm

From our May-June 2013 edition of Fiscal Focus.  In 2013 Minnesota again embarked on another major attempt to buy down local property taxes.  A closer look at two previous attempts, the "Minnesota Miracle" and the "Big Plan", offers insights into the problems with these efforts and what happens…