Management and Budget Commissioner James Schowalter says better-than-expected sales tax collections last month helped pad Minnesota's budget. Since February, tax revenues have surpassed estimates by $148 million. An economic update will be released next month and a new budget forecast will be issued in November.
Teen driver crashes into parked payloader; 16-year-old passenger dies
The crash happened early Saturday morning in Waconia.
Barrage of gunfire injures boy in Brooklyn Park; vehicles, apartments damaged
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Minnesota Wild back away from thin blue line T-shirt giveaway
The giveaway backfired when word of it reached social media.
Workers at Minneapolis Trader Joe's become 2nd in nation to unionize
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Woman killed by suspected drunk-driver in St. Louis County
The crash occurred on Highway 21 in Embarrass Township Friday night.
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The State Patrol says neither were wearing seat belts.
Best Buy makes job cuts weeks after warning of soft sales
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Suspect of home invasion, murder in Minneapolis arrested in Wisconsin
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Minnesota tax collections below January forecast
Minnesota Management and Budget reports general fund revenues were $107 million less than projected last month. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators will get an update on the state's budget forecast February 29. The forecast in December showed Minnesota had an $876 million surplus.
Minnesota tax revenues $100 million higher than projected
Minnesota Management and Budget officials say revenue from both income and sales tax are more than originally forecast. The latest projections in February showed Minnesota had a $323 million surplus.
Drop in tax collections not as bad in Minnesota as elsewhere
The sour economy dented Minnesota's tax receipts in 2009. But we still moved up in the state rankings of per capita tax revenue.
Minnesota retailers pressuring lawmakers to collect Internet sales tax
Republican Sen. Dave Thompson told the Star Tribune he isn't looking to collect more revenue, but feels the current policy is hurting Minnesota retailers, like Target and Best Buy. Supporters of an Internet sales tax argue online retail giants have an unfair price advantage right now.
State tax revenues jump in 2011
In what could be another sign of economic recovery, tax revenues in all 50 states jumped in 2011. Slateline.org reports that Minnesota was one of the largest gainers, bringing in 15 percent more in 2011 than 2010. North Dakota was the envy of all others, with a whopping 44.5 percent revenue increase over the previous year.
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