The state government will only get about half of that sum by asking for the money now in order to temporarily plug the state's budget deficit. Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers voted to borrow against the tobacco money in order to avoid tax increases and additional spending cuts.
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Slow growth means Minnesota will likely face another budget deficit
The state's top economist says growth just isn't what it needs to be to keep the state in the black. The governor and the Legislature based their previous budget deal on growth of about 3.2 percent. Unfortunately, that's not what we're seeing, and that means Dayton and legislators will likely have to wrestle over another deficit soon.
Tobacco compliance reaches record high
The Minnesota Department of Human Services reports 97.6 percent of retailers checked selling tobacco products are following underage tobacco laws. In order to receive federal funding for prevention and treatment efforts, Minnesota is required to have a least an 80 percent compliance rate. During the 12-month survey, law enforcement agencies issued about 600 citations to store owners.
Why is Minnesota now forecasting a budget deficit?
It's the first time since 2013 the state is projected to lose money.
Republicans want to use state budget reserve to pay off debt to schools
Minnesota has borrowed more than $2 billion from its schools to cover recent budget deficits. A group of Republicans says now that the economy is stronger the state should pay off that debt with money in reserve. But Governor Mark Dayton says raiding the reserve fund could leave the state vulnerable if the economy heads south again.
DFL lawmakers: No more borrowing against the state's tobacco settlement
One method off the table -- selling more tobacco bonds. House Democrats say the state cannot borrow against its multi-billion dollar tobacco settlement again.
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