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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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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