Minnesota Management & Budget Says State Has Revenue Problem


The Minnesota Management & Budget office released a report yesterday that details the state’s revenue problem. It shows on a state-by-state basis the changes in state and local taxes per capita as well as each state’s deficit as a percentage of their budget. The message conveyed in the document is that Minnesota has a revenue problem.

In the report’s words:

“Conservative legislators argue that Minnesota has a spending problem. They’re right, to a degree. Rising health care costs and the state’s aging population are pushing state expenditures upward. The challenge for state policymakers is to address those rising costs without inflicting more hardship on Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents.

However, conservative legislators are wrong in their insistence that Minnesota only has a spending problem. Minnesota also has a serious revenue problem.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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