State revenue running ahead of expectations

Revenue to Minnesota's general fund during the last two months of 2011 beat the forecast, thanks largely to more people working. Spending remains tight, though, and sales tax receipts are lagging.
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Revenue to Minnesota's general fund during the last two months of 2011 beat the forecast, thanks largely to more people working. Spending remains tight, though, and sales tax receipts are lagging.

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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.

State tax revenue beats forecast, but $1 billion shortfall still looms

Revenue from Minnesota taxes came in more than two percent ahead of expectations in the fiscal year that ended June 30th. A top budget official says the extra $336 million is good news, but doesn't really clear up the clouds on the economic horizon. The state still faces a $1 billion shortfall in the two-year budget that starts next summer. And forecasters are getting less optimistic about the prospects for growth.