SURPLUS

Minnesota House Democrats want $1.15 billion more for education

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota House Democratic majority has proposed spending $1.15 billion of the state’s $9.25 billion budget surplus on education. The plan emphasizes mental health supports, special education and English language learners. It draws a sharp contrast with Senate Republicans who want to cut taxes by $3.4 billion while spending $30 million more on schools. The big…

Minnesota Lawmakers To Start Debating $7.7 Billion Surplus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR/AP) — The Minnesota Legislature will convene on January 31 and confront a good problem: a $7.7 billion surplus. It’s bound to set up clashes in this election year over whether to spend the money on unmet needs or give it back to taxpayers. The main job for lawmakers in even-numbered years traditionally is a public works…

Minnesota lawmakers face $7.7B surplus in 2022 session

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Legislature will decide how to handle a $7.7 billion surplus when it convenes Monday, Jan. 31. The main job for lawmakers in even-numbered years traditionally is a public works borrowing package known as a bonding bill. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has proposed a record $2.7 billion package, which will likely be challenged by Republicans….

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Confronts COVID-19 In State Of The State

The Governor Says Limiting Face To Face Interactions Can Reduce The Virus's Spread By Up To 80 Percent

ST.PAUL, Minn. — Governor Tim Walz lays out the groundwork for how the state is pushing back against the coronavirus outbreak that continues to grow. “Many of you are out of work. Businesses, large and small, are shuttered across the state. The companionship we normally lean on to get through difficult times—a hug from a grandparent, coffee with a friend, or…

Minnesota Has $329 Million Budget Surplus

After previous indications that the Legislature may have to fill a budget shortfall

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton isn’t ready to start laying out specific plans for using a $329 million budget surplus. State budget officials delivered the good news of a surplus after previous indications that the Legislature may have to fill a budget shortfall. But the Democratic governor called the surplus modest and cautioned lawmakers against overspending. Dayton says…

Days Left to Finish Minnesota Budget Deal

No budget deal could mean another government shutdown

Minnesota’s political leaders have just days left to come up with a budget deal. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature have until the May 22 deadline to finish the budget. They need to come up with a plan to spend a $1.65 billion surplus. We are inching closer to a potential government shutdown but that’s nothing new to…

Minnesota Preps for Budget Surplus

Gov. Dayton says he expects the projected $1.4 billion surplus from November to remain mostly unchanged

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are getting ready for a new estimate on the state’s expected budget surplus. Tuesday’s forecast will allow lawmakers to begin divvying up the state’s funds in a variety of competing areas. Gov. Dayton says he expects the projected $1.4 billion surplus from November to remain mostly unchanged. Dayton has said he wants to…