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Minnesota Governor's Proposed Capital Budget

Compiled by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library

The Minnesota capital budget includes funding for tangible, public assets (like buildings, roads, or parks) rather than programs. Funding comes from a variety of sources, including general obligation bonds, user-financed bonds, revenue bonds, and general fund cash.

Each biennium, the governor is required to submit a three-part budget to the Minnesota Legislature: a budget message, a detailed proposed operating budget, and a proposed capital expenditures budget. Parts one and two are presented in January or February of odd-numbered years and part three, the proposed capital budget, in January of even-numbered years. In addition, a smaller supplemental capital budget is sometimes proposed in odd-numbered years.

The requirement that the governor submit a proposed capital budget was added by the 1974 legislature (Laws of Minnesota 1974 Chapter 355 section 43). In 1991, the capital budget process saw some major reforms including a requirement that "the detailed capital budget must include recommendations for capital projects to be funded during the next six fiscal years" rather than for the next two fiscal years. (Laws of Minnesota 1991 Chapter 342 sections 2-6.) The requirement that the governor's proposed capital budget be submitted in even-numbered years was added in 1993. (Laws of Minnesota 1993 Chapter 192 section 53).

Planning for the capital budget begins well before the governor's proposal is released in January. Agencies and local units of governments each submit preliminary capital budget requests to the Minnesota Management and Budget agency. Those preliminary requests are compiled and released the summer before the governor's proposed capital budget is issued.

Below the "Reports" section are links to proposed capital budgets submitted by Minnesota governors since 1975.

Reports:

Additional reports related to the capital budget process are available in the collection of the Legislative Reference Library. (Library catalog)

Minnesota Management & Budget reports:

     Minnesota's Capital Budget 

     Historical Bond Authorizations  

     General Obligation Bonds Authorized, Issued, and Unissued

     Report on Expenditure of Bond Proceeds

Minnesota House Research Department report:

     Capital Investment and State Bonding

Selected reports related to the history and development of the current proposed capital budget process:

1988 - Minnesota's Legislative Building Commission. Senate Counsel & Research.

1989 - Legislative Capital Budgeting: Options for Change. Senate Counsel & Research. 

1991 - Report of the Joint Legislative Study on Capital Needs.



Proposed Capital Budgets (1975-present):


2018 Proposed Capital Budget (2018/2023)

Governor Mark Dayton (January 2018) AdministrationAgricultureAmateur Sports CommissionCapitol Area Architectural and Planning BoardCorrectionsEducationEmployment and Economic DevelopmentHealthHistorical SocietyHousing Finance AgencyHuman ServicesIron Range Resources and Rehabilitation BoardLocal GovernmentMetropolitan CouncilMilitary AffairsMinnesota StateMinnesota ZooNatural ResourcesPerpich Center for Arts EducationPollution Control AgencyPublic Facilities AuthorityPublic SafetyState AcademiesTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans AffairsWater and Soil Resources

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2017 Proposed Capital Budget (2017)

Governor Mark Dayton (January 4, 2017) Capital Budget Recommendations; Supplemental spreadsheet

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2016 Proposed Capital Budget (2016/2021)

Governor Mark Dayton (January 15, 2016) AdministrationAgricultureAmateur Sports CommissionCorrectionsEducationEmployment and Economic DevelopmentHealthHistorical SocietyHousing Finance AgencyHuman ServicesIron Range Resources and Rehabilitation BoardLocal GovernmentMetropolitan CouncilMilitary AffairsMinnesota State AcademiesMinnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesMinnesota ZooMN.ITNatural ResourcesPerpich Center for the ArtsPollution Control AgencyPublic Facilities AuthorityPublic SafetyTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans AffairsWater and Soil Resources

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2014 Proposed Capital Budget (2014/2019)

Governor Mark Dayton (January 15, 2014) Transmittal letter; AdministrationAgricultureAmateur SportsCorrectionsEducationEmployment and Economic DevelopmentHistorical SocietyHousingHuman ServicesIRRRBLocal GovernmentMetropolitan CouncilMilitary AffairsMinnesota State AcademiesMinnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesMN.ITNatural ResourcesPerpich Center for the ArtsPollution Control AgencyPublic Facilities AuthorityPublic SafetyTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans AffairsWater and Soil Resources BoardZoological Gardens 

Recommendations (2014); Recommendations (2015)

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2012 Proposed Capital Budget (2012/2017)

Governor Mark Dayton (January 17, 2012) AdministrationAgricultureAmateur Sports CommissionCorrectionsEducationEmployment & Economic DevelopmentGrants to Political SubdivisionsHousing Finance AgencyHuman ServicesMetropolitan CouncilMilitary AffairsMinnesota Historical SocietyMinnesota State AcademiesMinnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesNatural ResourcesPerpich Center for Arts EducationPollution Control AgencyPublic Facilities AuthorityPublic SafetyTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans AffairsWater & Soil Resources BoardZoological Gardens

Recommendations (2012); Recommendations (2013); Detailed Recommendations (2013)

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2010 Proposed Capital Budget (2010/2015)

Governor Tim Pawlenty (January 15, 2010) AdministrationAmateur Sports CommissionCapitol Area Architectural Planning BoardCorrectionsEducationEmployment & Economic DevelopmentEnterprise TechnologyHistorical SocietyHousing Finance AgencyHuman ServicesMetropolitan CouncilMilitary AffairsMinnesota State AcademiesMinnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesNatural ResourcesPerpich Center for Arts EducationPollution Control AgencyPublic Facilities AuthorityPublic SafetyTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans AffairsWater & Soil Resources BoardZoological Gardens

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2008 Proposed Capital Budget (2008/2013)

Governor Tim Pawlenty (January 15, 2008) AdministrationAmateur Sports CommissionCorrectionsEducationEmployment & Economic DevelopmentFinanceGrants to Political SubdivisionsHealthHousing Finance AgencyHuman ServicesMetropolitan CouncilMilitary AffairsMinnesota Historical SocietyMinnesota State AcademiesMinnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesNatural ResourcesPerpich Center for Arts EducationPollution Control AgencyPublic Facilities AuthorityPublic SafetyTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans AffairsWater & Soil Resources BoardZoological Board

Recommendations (2008)

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2006 Proposed Capital Budget (2006/2011)

Governor Tim Pawlenty (January 17, 2006) Executive SummaryAdministrationAgricultureCapitol Architectural PlanningCorrectionsEducationEmployment & Economic DevelopmentHealthHousing Finance AgencyHuman ServicesMetropolitan CouncilMilitary AffairsMinnesota Historical SocietyMinnesota State AcademiesMinnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesNatural ResourcesPerpich Center for Arts EducationPolitical SubdivisionsPollution Control AgencyTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans Homes BoardWater & Soil Resources BoardZoological Gardens

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2004 Proposed Capital Budget (2004/2009)

Governor Tim Pawlenty (January 14, 2004) AdministrationAgricultureCapitol Area Architectural Planning Board;  CorrectionsEducation, Department ofEmployment & Economic DevelopmentGrants of political subdivisionsHistorical SocietyHousing Finance AgencyHuman ServicesIron Range Resources & Rehabilitation BoardMetropolitan CouncilMilitary Affairs ;  Minnesota State AcademiesMinnesota State Colleges & UniversitiesNatural ResourcesOffice of Environmental AssistancePerpich Center for Arts EducationPollution Control AgencyPublic SafetyTransportationUniversity of MinnesotaVeterans AffairsVeterans Homes BoardWater & Soil Resources BoardZoological Gardens

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2002 Proposed Capital Budget (2002/2007)

Governor Jesse Ventura (January 14, 2002) Executive SummaryCriminal JusticeEconomic DevelopmentEducationEnvironment & Natural ResourcesGrants to Political SubdivisionsHealth & Human ServicesHigher Education; State Government; Transportation

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2001 Proposed Capital Budget (2001/2006)

Governor Jesse Ventura (January 23, 2001) Capital Budget

"My ‘One Session-One Budget’ initiative proposes the enactment of state bonding bills in odd-numbered years. As such, I am advancing my 2002 capital budget recommendations for consideration now in the 2001 session" -- Letter of transmittal.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


2000 Proposed Capital Budget (2000/2005)

Governor Jesse Ventura. (January 14, 2000) Executive SummaryCriminal JusticeEconomic DevelopmentEducation: K-12, Family & Early ChildhoodEnvironment & Natural ResourcesGrants to Political SubdivisionsHealth & Human ServicesHigher EducationState GovernmentTransportation

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1998 Proposed Capital Budget (1998/2003)

Governor Arne Carlson (January 14, 1998) Executive SummaryChildren Families & LearningCriminal Justice; Economic DevelopmentEnvironment and Natural ResourcesGrants to Political SubdivisionsHealth and Human Services; Higher EducationState GovernmentTransportation

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1996 Proposed Capital Budget (1996/2001)

Governor Arne Carlson (January 8, 1996) Executive Summary; Criminal Justice & Human Development; Education; Environment; State Government

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1995 Proposed Capital Budget (1995/1999)

Governor Arne Carlson (January 24, 1995) Proposed Capital Budget 

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1994 Proposed Capital Budget (1994/1999)

Governor Arne Carlson (February 1, 1994) Executive SummaryEducationEnvironmentHuman DevelopmentState Government; Change Order #1; Change Order #2 

"This capital budget represents a significant achievement, since it is the first long-term capital plan ever prepared for the State of Minnesota" -- Letter of transmittal.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1993 Proposed Capital Budget (1993/1994)

Governor Arne Carlson (January 26, 1993) Capital Budget Recommendations

"The recommended projects were either considered last session as part of a multi-year effort, or represent an urgency that cannot be deferred until the 1995 Session" -- Letter of transmittal.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11 .M6425c 1993 catalog record


1992 Proposed Capital Budget (1992/1993)

Governor Arne Carlson (March 5, 1992) Proposed Capital Budget 

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11 .M6425c 1992 catalog record


1991 Proposed Capital Budget (1991/1993)

Governor Arne Carlson (March 1991) Capital Budget Recommendations

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11 .M6425c 1991 catalog record


1990 Proposed Capital Budget (1990/1991)

Governor Rudy Perpich (March 1, 1990) Proposed Capital Budget; Amended Recommendations (March 1990)

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11 .M435c catalog record


1987 Proposed Capital Budget (1987/1989)

Governor Rudy Perpich (February 13, 1987) Volume 1; Volume 2; Supplement

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11 .M435c catalog record


1985 Proposed Capital Budget (1986/1987)

Governor Rudy Perpich (March 15, 1985) Volume 1 Volume 2; Supplement

"The transmittal of the capital budget is a month earlier than required by law ... The development of the capital budget was premised on having a 1985 capital and bonding bill and having no 1986 session" -- Letter of transmittal.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1984 Proposed Capital Budget (1985/1986)

Governor Rudy Perpich (February 1, 1984) Volume 1Volume  2.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1983 Proposed Capital Budget (1984/1985)

Governor Rudy Perpich (April 8, 1983) Proposed Capital Budget 

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1981 Proposed Capital Budget (1982/1983)

Governor Albert Quie (April 10, 1981) Volume 1; Volume 2.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1981 Proposed Capital Budget (1981)

Governor Albert Quie (Early 1981) Proposed Capital Budget

"In my 1979 Capital budget, it was indicated that the capital budget may be used for economic purposes.  Because of the economic down turn, particularly in the construction industry, I am recommending a capital budget of $80 million for immediate passage" -- Letter of transmittal.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1979 Proposed Capital Budget (1980/1981)

Governor Albert Quie (April 9, 1979) Proposed Capital Budget ; Detail Section; Supplement.   (Supplement released on January 30, 1980.)

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1977 Proposed Capital Budget (1978/1979)

Governor Rudy Perpich (March 21, 1977) Proposed Capital Budget

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record


1975 Proposed Capital Budget (1975/1977)

Governor Wendell R. Anderson (January 27, 1975) Proposed Biennial Capital Budget

“Minnesota Statutes 1974, Section 16A.11 requires the biennial budget submitted to the legislature by the governor to include recommendations as to capital expenditures” -- Letter of Transmittal.

Also in print.  Call number: HJ11.M435c catalog record