Updated: Budget Surplus Grows

Minnesota’s budget surplus has ballooned to $1.9 billion, state officials announced Thursday morning. The surplus, more than double what lawmakers had when they finished work in June, drops to $1.2 billion when $665 million is allocated to reserves and to make payments required by state law. The money is projected to be available for the…
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Budget Surplus: $1.9 Billion

Minnesota’s budget surplus has ballooned to $1.9 billion, state officials announced this morning. The surplus, more than double what lawmakers had when they finished work in June, drops to $1.2 billion when $665 million is allocated to reserves and to make payments required by state law. The money is projected to be available for the…
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Congress About To Fail On Budget, But May Pass Highway Funding

  If it is September, then elected officials in Washington must be talking about short-term budget fixes. In what has become commonplace, Congress will not approve a full budget by the time the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, but lawmakers representing the Upper Midwest are optimistic they will succeed in passing highway funding this fall.…
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Aid For Poor Included In New Laws

Thousands of poor Minnesota families begin getting more state aid Wednesday as the new state budget begins. The $42 billion, two-year overall state budget provides more housing assistance, as well as lower child care costs. “Too many children are living in poverty without proper housing and other basics,” Assistant Commissioner Jim Koppel of the Human…
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Political Chatter: Negotiations Take A Different Path

This year’s negotiations to end the Minnesota legislative session could be called different, unusual, strange or, even, weird. Of course, one difference — although far from unique — is they did not produce a budget before the May 18 constitutional end of the session. That aside, the process was, er, uncommon. One example is that…
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