ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — May was a strong money month for Minnesota’s tax collectors.

The Department of Minnesota Management and Budget said Wednesday that the state took in $53 million more than anticipated in tax collections last month. That’s about 3.7 percent ahead of expectations. All told, there was almost $1.5 billion generated.

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The overage puts Minnesota $413 million in front of projections for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

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The monthly report looks only at revenue and doesn’t factor in state spending patterns. The next full budget forecast won’t be out until after Thanksgiving.

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