Updated: Minnesota Surplus Rises $832 Million

Minnesota’s real budget debate began today when state finance officials announced a $1.9 billion surplus, an increase of $832 million from a report less than three months ago. Gov. Mark Dayton said he has been told it is the largest-ever state surplus, but Minnesota Management and Budget officials worked to confirm that this afternoon. The…
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Surplus Up To $1.9 Billion

Minnesota’s real budget debate began today when state finance officials announced a $1.9 billion surplus, an increase of $832 million from a report less than three months ago. The surplus will allow lawmakers and the governor to spend more money, use it to cut taxes or increase the state’s reserves — or a combination of…
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Dentists Not Smiling Over Payments

Many Minnesota dentists pay money out of their own pockets to care for poor patients because, they say, ┬áthe state pays them too little. Sen. Julie Rosen, R-Vernon Center, and some of the state’s 4,000 dentists launched a campaign Thursday to let the public know that Minnesota pays the least of any state for children’s…
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Elections Take Spotlight

Minnesota’s elected officials are looking at election changes. On Thursday alone, lawmakers considered bills to change the primary election date, allowing 16-year-olds to preregister to vote and establishing a commission to redraw political district lines every 10 years. All of the issues remain under consideration, and face further committee examinations. Young teenagers appeared before House…
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Legislative Notes: Budget Forecast Due Friday

A report that gives Minnesota’s governor and legislators information they need to write a two-year budget will be released Friday. The so-called budget forecast will look at the economy and revenues coming to the state and predict funds available in the next budget cycle. Gov. Mark Dayton already has released his budget plan, as required…
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