Fiscal Focus

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

December 16, 2014

November/December 2014

Divided Again: 2015 Session Preview

The forecast is here, the cast is set, and the curtain is about to rise on the 2015 session.

The Debate On Acknowledging Reality

We offer several questions that deserve careful consideration before any formal reinstatement of expenditure inflation in the economic forecast.

From the Director: Ditchwater Dull?

Technical government finance issues have a major influence on how the public perceives government.

October 21, 2014

September/October 2014

What Makes a Tax System Competitive?

Highlights from the presentations and discussions at our 88th Annual Meeting of Members

Indicator or Dashboard: Redesigning the Minnesota "Price of Government"

Minnesota’s “Price of Government” report needs an upgrade. A look at why and how.

From the Director: The Politics of Tax Education

Politics might make tax reform tough but it often doesn't do public education on tax issues any favors either.

July 22, 2014

July/August 2014

So, What Are “Inversions”?

Guest columnist, MCFE board member, and international tax expert Ken Levinson of Faegre Baker Daniels provides a closer look at the realities, issues, and misperceptions surrounding this exceptionally complicated topic.

A Look at Minnesota’s Real Personal Income Trends

Newly available data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis offers a different perspective on state personal income – personal income adjusted for purchasing power. A look at Minnesota’s current status, recent trends, and why it matters.

MCFE Annual Meeting to Examine Minnesota Tax Competitiveness

Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and CEO of US Bancorp headlines an all star event examining Minnesota competitiveness in the 21st century

From the Director: Fixing the Corporate Income Tax

Good luck with that.