Minnesota’s Budget Surplus Grows to $2.4 Billion, Sparks Debate on Spending


Summary: Minnesota’s budget surplus is now projected at $2.4 billion, stirring discussions on how to allocate the extra funds.

Minnesota’s budget surplus has reached a projected amount of $2.4 billion, signaling a significant increase from the previous estimate. The surplus, though only a fraction of the state’s $72 billion budget, has ignited a debate among lawmakers on how to utilize the additional funds. Some options include increased spending on government programs, tax cuts, or saving the surplus for future use. However, the final decision will depend on the economic forecast in February. Last year, the state had a record $17.5 billion surplus, which was used for a mix of spending increases, one-time projects, and tax reductions.

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