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.
Behind A $42 Billion Budget, Smaller Fees Rack UpMinnesota lawmakers kept tax levels steady but have still found ways to scoop up millions of additional dollars. More than a dozen new fees and increases for business licenses are tucked away inside the thousands of pages that compose Minnesota's new budget.
Lawmakers Take Extraordinary Measures To Advance Late BudgetMinnesota's path to a new state budget took another abrupt turn Friday when Democratic senators reworked a funding bill for agricultural and environmental programs instead of passing a plan negotiated between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans.
Lawmakers Hold Dramatic Special SessionMinnesota lawmakers are holding a dramatic special legislative session Friday -- three weeks after their regular session ended. Lawmakers are back in St. Paul to pass billions of dollars in budget bills to fund state government.
Discord Over Environment Bill Could Mean Trouble At CapitolA shaky coalition of lawmakers that compiled a package of environmental and agricultural programs may not hold up in a coming special session, forcing Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders to seek enough support for a final piece of the state budget Thursday and pause their hopes for a Friday special session.
Lawmakers Plan For Likely Friday Special Session On BudgetMinnesota lawmakers zeroed in Wednesday on a conclusion to their prolonged budget dispute, preparing for a special session by week's end to pass remaining bills. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton declared an end to their stalemate and set a hearing for Thursday on the final outstanding pieces of the state's budget. Dayton and top lawmakers alerted all legislators to be back in St. Paul for a one-day session that the governor will likely order for Friday.