COVID-19 Response Fund – $200 million health system grants
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – situation and response

The Minnesota Department of Health relies on a mix of state, federal, and other funds to accomplish its public health mission. In the fiscal year 2020 period—from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020—the department's budget authority is $656 million. Federal awards are the largest source of funding at $276 million, or 42%, of budget authority. The state's general fund is $135 million, or 21%, of the department's budget authority. Remaining funding comes from a variety of sources, such as licensing and fees, the health care access fund, and other dedicated funds.

Sources of revenue in fiscal year 2020

Pie chart showing revenue from general fund, federal, medical education fund, other funds, licensing and fees and health care access fund

How money is used

All operating money at the department must be spent per the requirements of Minnesota statutes and laws, federal awards, and contractual agreements. At $350 million, over half of the department’s budgetary resources are for grants, loan forgiveness, and other individual subsidies. Employee compensation for a 1,500 person workforce is $147 million, or 22%, of all spending. Other operating expenses are $159 million, or 24%, of all spending.

Estimated uses by expenditure category in fiscal year 2020

Pie chart showing expenditures of grants, aids and subsidies, employee compensation and other operating costs

Historic spending

All department expenditures by fund for fiscal year 2016-2019 (in millions)

Bar chart showing federal, general fund and other fund expenditures for 2016 through 2019

Further reading

Governor's FY 2020-2021 Supplemental Budget Recommendations
Proposed changes for consideration in the 2020 legislative session.

Department Earnings, 2020-2021 (February 2019) (PDF)
Revenue and expenditure for licensing and fee-based activities.

Enacted Budget Book, FY 2020-2021—Health (August 2019) (PDF)
Impact of the 2019 legislative session on the base budget for Health.

Governor's FY 2020-2021 Biennial Budget Book—Health, Revised (March 2019) (PDF)
Detailed base budget forecast, activity narratives, and governor's budget recommendations.

State Budget Process
Overview of Minnesota's two-year budget cycle by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.

Transparency MN
Public information about state expenditures from the MN Open Checkbook tool, including Department of Health spending by activity and account.

2020 Governor’s Capital Budget Recommendations (PDF)
Proposed bonding projects for consideration in the 2020 legislation session, including $21.3 million for improvements to the shared laboratory building of the state agriculture and health departments.


Brian Awsumb, Budget Director
Minnesota Department of Health

Updated Monday, 23-Mar-2020 12:48:46 CDT