How is Minnesota’s Government Funded?

In class we are learning about how our state government is funded.

• In column 1 write down your thoughts about each question.

• Outside of the school day, interview an adult and write down his/her thoughts about each question and record them in column 2.

• In class, you will watch a video interview. You will record your learning in column 3 after watching the video.

Column 1: Student’s Response

1. What is a tax?

2. In addition to parks and roads, what do you think the Minnesota government pays for using taxes it collects?

3. Who pays taxes in Minnesota?

4. Are there different types of taxes that Minnesotans pay? If so, give examples.

5. Which branch of Minnesota government is responsible for collecting taxes?

6. How is the money the state collects from taxes distributed?

Column 2: Adult’s Response

1. What is a tax?

2. In addition to parks and roads, what do you think the Minnesota government pays for using taxes it collects?

3. Who pays taxes in Minnesota?

4. Are there different types of taxes that Minnesotans pay? If so, give examples.

5. Which branch of Minnesota government is responsible for collecting taxes?

6. How is the money the state collects from taxes distributed?

Column 3: John Schowalter-­‐MN Budget Commissioner

1. What is a tax?

2. In addition to parks and roads, what do you think the Minnesota government pays for using taxes it collects?

3. Who pays taxes in Minnesota?

4. Are there different types of taxes that Minnesotans pay? If so, give examples.

5. Which branch of Minnesota government is responsible for collecting taxes?

6. How is the money the state collects from taxes distributed?

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