Minnesota Budget Project's blog

Housing costs stretch budgets across the state

More than 600,000 households in Minnesota face very high housing costs when they pay their mortgages or sign their rent checks. In 63 out of 87 counties, at least one in every four households spends at least 30 percent of their income on their home. This reality is mapped out in our project with Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Mapping Minnesota’s Future to Shared Opportunities.

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Minnesota takes steps to make work pay

Minnesota passed two high-impact strategies for making work pay this year: increasing the Working Family Credit (our state’s Earned Income Tax Credit) and raising the minimum wage.

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MNsure makes a difference for more than 220,000 Minnesotans

More than 220,000 Minnesotans now have quality, affordable health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and MNsure, our state-based health insurance exchange where individual Minnesotans and small businesses can shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance.

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Legislature invests in health equity

While Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation, our state also has some of the worst disparities in terms of health outcomes between white residents and people of color. This February, Minnesota’s Department of Health (MDH) released Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota, which documents just how severe these disparities are and makes recommendations for how Minnesota can make sure all Minnesotans have the opportunity to live healthy lives, regardless of factors including race, income or sexual orientation.

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Our top five for 2014

The 2014 Legislative Session may only last a few months, but policymakers should make the most of that time with decisions that move Minnesota closer to a future where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and share in our state’s economic prosperity.

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Economic recovery leaves many Minnesotans out in the cold

Even though the Great Recession officially ended in 2009, many Minnesotans are still struggling to find jobs and get back on their feet.

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Federal cuts squeeze housing assistance for low-income Minnesotans

Federal budget cuts to housing assistance for low-income renters “have left local Minnesota authorities scrambling to keep their programs solvent and administer needed housing assistance,” according to a new report.

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Unemployment analysis tells a disturbing story

On the surface, it appears that Minnesota is recovering quite well from the Great Recession. Figures released today show the state is adding jobs and the unemployment rate is well below the national level.

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Jobs, economic development and housing budget bill makes important investments in our state

As the 2013 Legislative Session closes, the final budget bills have been passed by the House and Senate. Last week the omnibus jobs, economic development and housing bill (House File 729) received its final vote in both houses, investing $89 million in additional general fund resources to strengthen the state’s economy by creating jobs, increasing workforce training opportunities and improving affordable housing options.

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Higher education omnibus budget bill increases financial aid, freezes tuition

The higher education bill for the FY 2014-15 biennium (Senate File 1236) invests $250 million in additional general fund resources to help the state continue to build a highly educated workforce and make higher education more affordable for Minnesotans.

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