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$1.3 billion Minnesota surplus estimate sparks new spending debate


December 6, 2019

Leila Navidi - Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz, right, and Myron Frans, of Management and Budget, had a reason to smile.

Minnesota lawmakers have an estimated state budget surplus of more than $1.3 billion to work with as they tee up new spending or tax cut proposals for the 2020 legislative session.

The expected surplus, while good news for Minnesotans, sparked an immediate debate at the Capitol over fiscal priorities, with Democrats and Republicans offering sharply contrasting responses to the new revenue figures announced Thursday.


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