Fiscal Focus

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


May 07, 2019

March / April 2019

A Feeling of “TCJA Vu”

We’ve experienced this session’s tax conformity debate before.  The ending may be different this time but will likely forego an important opportunity.

The Other State Fiscal Consequence of Federal Corporate Tax Reform

The TCJA has been a very fortuitous and beneficial development for Minnesota’s struggling public pension plans but might also play a supporting role in a real state pension fix.

March 12, 2019

January / February 2019

Minnesota Tax and Spending Rankings and the Policy Questions They Provoke

Findings from our comparative tax and spending studies generate a number of questions relevant to the 2019 session.

The Case For A Bigger Standard Deduction

Love or hate the TCJA, its principal simplification effort presents an opportunity for Minnesota that shouldn’t be wasted.

December 18, 2018

November / December 2018

Showtime! 2019 Session Preview

The cast of characters has undergone a change but the storylines will look very familiar.

Greatest Tax Research Hits of 2018

Behaviors prompted by federal reform, the unintended consequences of eliminating tax havens, and new insights into tax compliance are some of the topics covered in our review of tax research in 2018.

Questions Beleaguered Property Taxpayers Should Be Asking

‘Tis the season for trying to figure out just why property tax bills are going up​