Budgets and Fiscal Policy

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

August 27, 2019

State Budget Process Reform: New Rules Can’t Help What Also Troubles Minnesota

“Wagner’s Law” combined with a broken competitive structure in politics underlies and complicates the major challenge of successful state budget process reform.

August 27, 2019

“Fix It or Junk It”

Editor’s note:  As long-time MCFE research director Aaron Twait leaves to embark on his new career, I asked him if there is was one parting recommendation he wanted to leave to the world of state government.  The answer: some frank advice regarding the Minnesota Price of Government.

June 14, 2019

Session Reflections: About As Good As Could Be Expected

Our wrap up offers reactions and analysis on some of the higher profile tax and fiscal issues making up the 2019 legislative session.