ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s 20-day state government shutdown hurt state revenue collections last month as tax auditors stayed home and lottery sales halted.

The state’s top finance official said Wednesday that the state took in $16.2 million less than anticipated for the month, a 1.7 percent drop from expectations.

Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter says the slump was “almost certainly” related to the shutdown, the nation’s longest state government closure in at least a decade.

A memo from Schowalter says sales and income tax collections came in below expectations. He adds that a combined report for July and August will give a more accurate read on how revenue collections are performing compared to projections.

The numbers give only a partial picture of the state budget because they don’t factor in spending patterns.

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Comments (16)
  1. Mike says:

    Thanks Republicans for the tax increase.

    1. Diane says:

      Mike….Don’t tease me…….put it in………

      1. Mike says:

        Is that you Marcus?

  2. security0207 says:

    One word describes it GREED

  3. waste says:

    We will not forget who caused this shut down, DAYTON.

    He ended up signing a bill that was proposed before the shutdown. The Republicans tried to pass a stop gap to keep the government running, Dayton went home, got drunk and went fishing.

    Then Dayton went on a whirl wind tour of Minnesota, no one cared.

    Finally he went back to work and signed the bill.

    Way to play politics Dayton, you cost the state Millions.

    1. James2 says:

      That was funny, What comedy clubs are you currently performing at?

    2. Marjorie says:

      Wake up!! The T-party is the group to blame. Do you think it is right to balance the MN budget on Middle or Lower income people? You must be rich! They were warned ahead of time that a shutdown would lose a big chunk of revenue and raise taxes on those of us who can’t afford it.

  4. kp says:

    would someone please ask Bachman what has she don for her district?

    1. bob says:

      she left to run for pres.

  5. Susan says:

    This is a no brainer, it is not news.

  6. meow says:

    The state of MN should legalize gay-marriage. The state of NY is projecting revenue of over 300 million in the next three years which will give them a major economic boost over other states. Why are we so backwards with our outdated religious rubbish? Weddings generate money for the state!!!

  7. Pat Kessler says:

    I wonder how much they didn’t spend in salaries and vechile maintenance and building maintenance, airconditioning power and such.
    Story doesn’t seem to mention that.

  8. Frustrated Minnesotan says:

    Honestly, did our Governor or state representatives think the state shut down would be good for the state? It is so frustrating! It seems like people get excited about, “remembering who caused this issue,” during a crisis and then the same people are re-elected during the next election.

    1. Mike says:

      I do recall Governor Dayton saying it more than once that it would cost the state money, but that didn’t prevent the Republicans from standing there ground and unwilling to compromise. It was there way, or forget about it. Unfortunately for Republicans who will be up for election in 2012, voters will not be in the mood to compromise on the fact they were put into office to produce jobs, not raise taxes on the commons.

  9. Tommy B says:

    I could not buy a lottery ticket, nor could i buy a fishing license both of which are money makers for the state. What idiots!!!!!

  10. Marsha says:

    It was irresponsible of our politicians to act in this manner.
    Not only did we lose a lot of revenue, but we got a very good demonstration of anti democracy. When will our state and national politicians in both parties realize that there is no such thing as “all or nothing” in democracy, but rather it only succeeds with compromises for the good of the state and country, and not personal acclaim.

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