The Minnesota Budget Project, an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, provides analysis and advocacy to propel Minnesota towards a future where all Minnesotans have access to opportunity and economic well-being. Our mission is to provide interested citizens, elected officials and community leaders with timely and accurate information so that they can become more active and effective participants in critical state budget, tax and public policy debates.

The Minnesota Budget Bites blog is our way to highlight important information in a timely way. Our goal is to keep Minnesotans who are interested in fair tax policy and good budget choices educated on the issues. We want you to know, what we know, when we know it.

About the current contributors:

Clark Biegler is the Minnesota Budget Project’s policy analyst. She researches and writes about state tax and budget issues. Clark has worked at several Washington, D.C. think tanks, most recently the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Ben Horowitz is a policy advocate at the Minnesota Budget Project, focusing on advancing policies to expand opportunity and economic security to all Minnesotans. He holds a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Nan Madden has been the director of the Minnesota Budget Project since 1999. Nan oversees the Minnesota Budget Project’s research, analysis and capacity-building efforts. She has extensive public policy experience on tax, budget and economic self-sufficiency issues. Nan has an M.A. from the University of Denver and a B.A. from Macalester College.

Laura Mortenson is the Minnesota Budget Project’s communications manager. She manages media relations and oversees communications outreach to promote the research and advocacy efforts of the team. Her professional background includes media relations, speech writing and public relations for a variety of state and local government officials and organizations. Laura has a degree in journalism from UW-Eau Claire.

4 Responses to About

  1. Matt says:

    Where can I find a comprehensive, non-editorialized list of all proposed budget cuts in Minnesota for 2011? Every Google result for “proposed budget cuts mn 2011″ is commentary or analysis on select items.

    • Unfortunately, such a thing doesn’t really exist. Unlike the Governor’s budget – which is a comprehensive package of budget cuts – the budgets proposed in the House and Senate are a series of committee bills. The closest you can come is by looking at the spreadsheets available for each committee area that list the cuts being proposed in their area of jurisdiction. You can find that list of spreadsheets on the House Fiscal Analysis page with legislative tracking sheets.

  2. Jessica Armstrong says:

    Has the Minnesota Budget Project written on Minnesota’s application for the unemployment benefits modernization incentive payments (part of ARRA)?

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