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.

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.

Current contributors:

Clark Goldenrod is the Minnesota Budget Project’s senior policy analyst. She researches and writes about state budget and policy issues. Clark has worked at several Washington, D.C., think tanks, including 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.

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 University of Wisconsin — Eau Claire.

Sarah Orange is the Minnesota Budget Project’s policy advocate. Her primary work is advocacy and research, focusing on public policies that reduce poverty and expand economic security. Her professional background includes serving as Committee Administrator for the Minnesota Senate Health and Human Services Finance Committee, and advocating on behalf of families and youth in the juvenile justice and child protection systems. Sarah received a Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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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