With the decrease in state revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis, the Minnesota state government faces a potential budget deficit of $1.27 billion for fiscal year FY22-23. The state legislature may call for across the board cuts to state agency budgets to close the budget gap. Operating on a small budget already, it will be critical to watch for potential cuts in the MCD budget and to work with legislators to preserve, if not expand, the budget of the Minnesota Council on Disability.
The Minnesota Council on Disability is the sole state agency that serves people with disabilities in Minnesota through the development of effective policy, training, technical resources, and collaborations with public and private stakeholders. Any cut to the MCD budget could hinder services and agency growth, affecting the disability community for years to come.
- Legislative Champions
- The Governor’s Office
State agencies, particularly councils & commissions, are easy targets for fiscally conservative legislators, especially those who believe these agencies provide redundant services.
Goal of Policy
This policy aims to preserve, if not expand, the Minnesota Council on Disability operational budget with which the council can continue to grow and be a leader to the disability community in Minnesota.