Lawmakers Divided On Priorities For $1.2 Billion State Budget Surplus

By Don Davis Good economic news looks like it will lead to a few Democratic squabbles over how to spend a budget surplus, with Minnesotans wondering if they will see taxes fall or state spending increase. “I’m happy to be here to deliver this budget forecast, not the weather forecast,” Commissioner Jim Schowalter of Minnesota…
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Budget Surplus Up To $1.2 Billion

By Don Davis Minnesota’s state budget surplus is growing. A report released this morning shows the state has a $1.2 billion surplus, $408 million more than predicted in early December. Minnesota Management and Budget reports that revenues are up $366 million from December projections and spending is falling slightly. A $2.6 billion surplus is predicted…
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State Looks At Funding ‘net Expansion

By Don Davis Rural interests and state legislators are banding together behind a proposal to inject $100 million into expanding high-speed Internet access across Minnesota. They say the funding would put a dent in the $3.2 billion needed to complete the job. “Our proposed $100 million Border-to-Border Broadband Fund promises to extend vital broadband connectivity…
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Minnesota Could Face Oil Transportation Disaster Loss ‘on Massive Scale’

Public safety officials across Minnesota lose sleep at night over the possibility of major crude oil transportation disasters such as ones last year in North Dakota and Quebec.

Minnesota House Panel Advances $500 Million Tax Cut Bill

House Democratic-Farmer-Labor leaders took a first big step Thursday toward rushing through a package of tax cuts that would save middle-class Minnesotans and businesses an estimated $500 million in this election year.