State Policies Matter: How Minnesota’s tax, spending and social policies help it achieve the best economy among the Great Lakes states. 4


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Michigan Future’s latest report looks at Minnesota, the most prosperous state in the region with the lowest unemployment rate, and the public policies that have helped it achieve that status. Michigan Future has long argued that our state should want a high income, low unemployment economy that looks like Minnesota. Now we know how policymakers steered the state into that position. Read the press release HERE.

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4 thoughts on “State Policies Matter: How Minnesota’s tax, spending and social policies help it achieve the best economy among the Great Lakes states.

    • Lou Glazer

      Actually Illinois’ taxes are not higher than Minnesota. Not close. Illinois ranks 14th in state taxes per capita and 22nd in state taxes as a percent of personal income. Compared to 6th and 5th respectfully for Minnesota. They also have lower state and local taxes combined than Minnesota on the same metrics.

      Don’t know about education spending in Illinois. Would need to do an apples to apples comparison that takes out federal funds to know how the two states compare on per capita spending on k-12 and higher education which is what we report on. My guess is its unlikely that Illinois spends more than Minnesota on education. Hard to do when you take in less in taxes.

      Illinois is not doing well on employment (both unemployment rate and proportion of adults working), but it does have the second highest per capita income in the Great Lakes and one of the top 15 in the country. And we continue to believe that is the best measure of economic well being