Fiscal Focus

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

February 03, 2015

January/February 2015

Roads Out of Perdition

A look at Minnesota highway finance past and present – and the policy considerations surrounding different revenue options being proposed.

Why is Minnesota Highway Construction Inflation So Much Higher than the Nation’s?

The strikingly large difference between state and national measures of highway cost inflation suggests that the source of, reasons for, and measurement of cost inflation must be part of the larger transportation finance debate.

Minnesota Residency: The “Domicile Swamp”

Guest columnist Gina Ceola, Director, PWC Minneapolis, provides a practitioner’s perspective on the complexity of Minnesota’s residency testing and why Minnesota’s residency laws need greater clarity and simplification.

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.