Budgets and Fiscal Policy

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

June 19, 2013

The Progressives' Tax Policy Paradox

From our May-June 2013 edition of Fiscal Focus.  The 2013 legislative session was dominated by discussion about the progressivity of Minnesota's tax system.  In this From the Director column, we argue that new revenues will have to include more regressive forms of taxation.…

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…