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The Budget Division is responsible for producing a fiscally sound budget that covers a two-year period (biennium). Instructions are provided on the current and upcoming prior biennium - as well as primary financial information and requirements used in the budgeting process.

This webpage provides information for State of Minnesota employees who work on the budget as well as general information on related budget instructions for the public. This takes the form of guidance and instructions that enable state agencies and other branches of government to successfully complete the operating and capital budget preparation and implementation processes.

Budget policies and instructions are issued periodically, as needed, by MMB to provide guidance and operational specifics, or to supplement existing statewide policies and procedures.

In June 2014, the Budget Division will begin working with state agencies to prepare the FY 2016-FY 2017 agency proposed budgets, which are required to be submitted by October 15, 2014. Budget development resources will include deadline notifications, agency-requested training, instructions, directives, manuals and more.



Prior to the beginning or each fiscal year, the budget division, jointly with the accounting division, issues annual budget instructions that provide steps and guidance to state agencies for establishing the annual budgets in SWIFT for the coming years. Generally the instructions are issued in a series of documents beginning in April preceding the start of the fiscal year.


Capital budgets are usually developed in odd-numbered calendar years. Instructions are updated and issued to state agencies, usually in April, for capital project requests that must be submitted by June 30th.


Fiscal notes are prepared by state agencies just prior to, and during, annual legislative sessions. Instruction are reviewed and updated annually, usually in December preceding the legislative session.