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Fiscal Policy

Responsible, progressive fiscal policy creates state and community prosperity.

Local Government Aid: Actions Speak Louder than Words

Gubernatorial candidates of all political persuasions support city Local Government Aid (LGA), at least while on the campaign trail. After all, LGA is an important source of funding for city services and helps keep property tax rates at reasonable levels, particularly in communities that have small tax bases or a demographically driven demand for higher spending levels. Few aspirants to the state’s executive mansion campaign on a platform of kyboshing LGA, given the legitimate role it plays within the property tax system and its statewide popularity, particularly in greater Minnesota.…

2013 Tax Act: Best Deal for Homeowners in 30 Years

Over the last three decades, years in which statewide homeowner property taxes fell were rare. The largest reduction occurred from 2001 to 2002 and was the result of the 2001 tax act. The second largest occurred from 2013 to 2014 and was driven primarily by the 2013 and 2014 tax acts.* While the 2013 and 2014 acts provided far less immediate relief than the 2001 act, over the long haul they should turn out to be a much better deal for Minnesota homeowners. The aggregate homeowner property tax reduction from…