Budget

Cuts Ordered As N.D. Sees $1B Budget Shortfall Amid Oil SlumpNorth Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has ordered deep cuts to state government and a massive raid on state savings to make up for a more than $1 billion budget shortfall due to a drop in oil drilling and depressed crude prices.
Reality Check: Minnesota's Budget SurplusMinnesota's huge budget surplus for 2016 has state lawmakers scrambling to figure out what to do with it. A large part of the surplus will go to a budget reserve, and the rest of it will likely go to be a combination of tax cuts and spending.
As $1.9B Surplus Announced, Budget Battle BeginsMinnesota lawmakers from both parties agree that a nearly $1.9 billion budget surplus is good news. They just disagree on how to spend it.
Officials Project Nearly $1.9 Billion Budget SurplusMinnesota officials project nearly $1.9 billion state budget surplus through June 2017.
Wis. Finished Fiscal Year With $135.6 Million SurplusGovernor Scott Walker's administration says the state finished the last fiscal year with a $135 million surplus.
Despite Fall Slowdown, State Keeps Adding To CoffersBudget officials say tax collections slowed in September but the state is still piling up extra money. The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget released its latest budget update Friday showing they brought in $136 million more than expected from July through September.
St. Paul Seeks To Close Huge Projected DeficitThe city of Saint Paul is trying close a projected $10-million deficit. Mayor Chris Coleman said Tuesday the solution is a property tax increase and changes at parking meters. Coleman called for a 1.9-percent tax levy as part of his 2016 budget proposal.
State Tax Collections Beat Forecast By $30 Million In JulyMinnesota's economic hot streak isn't letting up. State tax collections beat estimates by $30 million, or 3 percent, in July. That's according to a Department of Minnesota Management and Budget report released Monday.
New State Budget Comes With Higher Costs For MinnesotaCareMonthly premiums for Minnesota's health care program for the working poor are increasing in August.
Walker To Sign State Budget At Waukesha ManufacturerRepublican Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign the state budget at a valve manufacturing company in Waukesha.
Minnesota Scoops Up Extra $555M In Taxes For The YearState officials released a report Friday showing revenue collections were up nearly 3 percent above projections for the fiscal year ending in June.
Wisconsin Budget Year Ending With No Agreement In SightWisconsin's budget year is ending with no last-minute legislative theatrics or looming government shut-down.

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