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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.
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The sour economy dented Minnesota's tax receipts in 2009. But we still moved up in the state rankings of per capita tax revenue.

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Strong tax collections in May puts Minnesota ahead of revenue projections

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.

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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.

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State law requires new car owners to pay a 6.5 sales tax regardless of where they buy the vehicle. But the Revenue Department says some Minnesotans are setting up shell corporations in other states avoid paying taxes on pricey purchases like motor homes.

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