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Fiscal Policy Archive

The Dayton Tax Plan: A Major Leap Forward
By Jeff Van Wychen January 23, 2013

Governor Dayton took a historic step toward the return of fiscal sanity in Minnesota by proposing reforms that will increase tax fairness, adequately fund…

Fiscal Fairness Moving Forward: Business Property Tax
By Jeff Van Wychen January 21, 2013

The following article is another installment in our ongoing series Fiscal Fairness Moving Forward.  Over the last six years, Minnesota 2020 has generally argued…

Fiscal Fairness Moving Forward: Property Tax Relief
By Jeff Van Wychen January 16, 2013

This is the third report in an ongoing series examining ways to restore Minnesota's fiscal fairness. Read part one on sales tax and part…

Fiscal Fairness Moving Forward: Income Taxes
By Jeff Van Wychen January 15, 2013

This is the second report in an ongoing series examining ways to restore Minnesota's fiscal fairness. Read part one. On the campaign trail in…

Fiscal Fairness Moving Forward: What MN Sales Tax Reform Could Look Like
By Jeff Van Wychen January 14, 2013

This is the first in a series on restoring Minnesota's fiscal fairness. In recent comments, Governor Dayton has reiterated his commitment to making Minnesota’s…

The Hidden Truth About Taxing the Wealthy
By Justin Caron December 10, 2012

Whether or not you’ve been closely following the back and forth of the negotiations over the fiscal cliff, you are probably familiar with the…

Fiscal Cliff’s Impact on Minnesotans
By Alex Christensen December 06, 2012

Front and center in the fiscal cliff debate is how to handle the expiring Bush tax cuts, but they're just one issue in a…

Facing the Fiscal Cliff
By Justin Caron November 27, 2012

With all of the talk about the impending fiscal cliff, policymakers seem to have focused on a narrow set of solutions. However, there are…

Minnesota 2020 Journal: Leftovers as Anchors, Not Excess
By John R. Van Hecke November 23, 2012

We don’t eat day-to-day as we eat at Thanksgiving. In the same way, we don’t craft public policy as if every day were a…

Election Can Restore Fiscal Fairness
By Justin Caron November 05, 2012

Despite "no-new-tax" pledges, Minnesota's taxes are going up again. In a recent set of 2013 projections, Minnesota's House Research Department has determined that statewide…

In Tough Times, Local Governments Innovate
By John Anderson, Guest Commentary October 03, 2012

Editor’s note: The economic downturn and cuts in state revenue sharing with counties, cities, towns, and school districts have forced local leaders to evaluate…

The Fiscal Costs of Minnesota’s Voter ID Amendment
By Justin Caron October 01, 2012

The numbers to implement voter ID are staggering, falling especially hard on local governments already hit by state funding cuts and a down economy.…

Philosophy Behind Glass-Steagall Repeal Needs Reform
By Héctor García August 29, 2012

"If I see further, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants,” Sir Isaac Newton Restoring the Glass-Steagall Act, which would limit…

Big Federal Cuts Coming
By Leah Sorensen August 15, 2012

Remember around this time last summer, when the U.S. was about to hit its debt ceiling? While we resolved that issue by metaphorically stuffing…

Capitalizing on Pension Funds’ Potential for Good
By Lee Egerstrom July 11, 2012

Can pension funds use their enormous financial resources to leverage a better return for stakeholders—workers, communities, main street merchants? They are in Canada. And…

“No-new-tax” Property Tax Increase
By Matt Entenza October 25, 2011

All other factors being held equal, property taxes will increase by 3.4 percent by eliminating Minnesota’s Homestead Credit—a policy conservatives successfully pushed during the…

Hemorrhaging Homesteads: Projecting 2012 Property Tax Increases
By Matt Entenza October 17, 2011

Download full report (pdf) View online at Scribd Homeowners, renters, business owners, and farmers, nearly everyone should expect to pay more in property taxes…

VIDEO: How Many Cuts Can Communities Survive?
By Tom Niemisto October 17, 2011

When you cut more than $630 million in aid to local governments, it's going to sting many Minnesota communities. This year's round of cuts…

Tax Migration Myth Exposed
By John R. Van Hecke August 29, 2011

A new study from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)* dispels conservatives’ myth that increases in state income taxes cause significant out-migration…

VIDEO: Cuts and Shift Budgets Move Minnesota Backwards
By Tom Niemisto July 25, 2011

Now that we're passed the state shutdown, educators and health care providers will soon find new obstacles from the cuts and shift budget.  At…

Preparing for a 2013 Shutdown
By Tyler Hanson July 18, 2011

With an agreement to enact more school aid shifts and issue tobacco bonds, it looks as though the state shutdown will end without any…

Despite Conservative Rhetoric, Spending Down
By Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020 Contributor July 11, 2011

General fund spending trends over time can be difficult to analyze due to a number of factors. For example, from a superficial perspective, state…

VIDEO: Shutdown’s Uncertainty Bad for Business
By Tom Niemisto July 11, 2011

There is no good timing for a shutdown. Halting services and revenue sources after a tough recession risks hurting an already fragile state economy.…

The Great Revenue Nose Dive
By Jeff Van Wychen, Minnesota 2020 Contributor July 07, 2011

Listening to conservative legislators, one would think that state revenues have been growing like crazy—that the current state budget deficit is the result of…

VIDEO: Temporarily Out of Service
By Joe Sheeran July 01, 2011

Hundreds of state workers from around Minnesota packed the Capitol steps in a show of solidarity, asking for a compromise to avoid the state…

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