Budgets and Fiscal Policy

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

April 15, 2013

Issue Brief: Minnesota's Troubled Price of Government

Since the early 1990’s, the Minnesota Price of Government (POG) has been calculated to measure and track state and local government’s claim on Minnesota income.  However, since its inception, the composition of Minnesota Personal Income – a foundation of the price of government calculation – has…

November 01, 2012

Rewarmed or Reformed? Minnesota Relaunches Performance Based Budgeting

Advocates say it's a recipe for productivity and efficiency improvements in government and a foundation of long-term budget sustainability. Skeptics says it is politically naive and administratively utopian with potential hazards. Experience says it's best to ratchet way back on any transformational…

January 02, 2012

How Does Minnesota Compare - Government Transparency Edition

Minnesota's rankings on a host of transparency meaures deveoped by national organizations. January-February 2012.