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Minnesota Poll shows even split over spending, refunding or saving surplus


Minnesotans are divided on what their political leaders should do with $1.2 billion in surplus state dollars, with nearly equal support in a Star Tribune poll for refunding it to taxpayers, spending it or saving it.

Offered those three choices, 30 percent said it should be refunded, and the same amount said save it. Another 31 percent said spend it, with the greatest support for roads as the top spending priority, followed by public schools.

“Give it back to taxpayers,” said Shawnna McCorvey, a 45-year-old human resources consultant from Minneapolis. While she described herself as a Democrat, McCorvey fondly recalled how in a previous time of ample surplus, former Gov. Jesse Ventura successfully championed a one-time sales tax rebate in 2000 that amounted to about $600 a person.


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