When the Legislature comes back into session next week after the Easter/Passover break, we encourage policymakers to focus their final tax bill negotiations on tax policies that create a fairer tax system.
A quality educational system plays a critical role in a state’s economic success. For Minnesota to build an economy that works for everyone, all Minnesota children need access to quality education regardless of their race, income or where they live.
The state’s April Economic Update finds that the outlook for the economy is still one of growth, but slower than previously projected, and that recent state revenues have come in a bit below expectations.
Minnesota legislators agreed yesterday to increase the state’s minimum wage. Working Minnesotans shouldn’t be in poverty, and increasing the minimum wage is an important step toward a future of more broadly shared prosperity. An increase in the minimum wage reaches Minnesota workers who tend to be left behind in our economy, and boosts their purchasing power.
Minnesota has recently turned the corner from more than a decade of frequent budget deficits to a $1.2 surplus. But unforeseen events and the inevitable ups and downs of the business cycle create volatility in state economies and state budgets.
Open enrollment for individuals and families who want to purchase private insurance through MNsure ends March 31. If you want to take advantage of the state’s health insurance exchange, you need to act quickly!
MNsure is Minnesota’s online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for, compare and enroll in insurance. As of January of this year, the federal Affordable Care Act requires nearly all U.S. residents to have health insurance or pay a penalty, and here are two reasons why people should use MNsure to get insured – low premiums and tax credits.