The state of Minnesota collected $3.3 billion in May, a stunning $1.5 billion or 119% more than forecast, according to Minnesota Management and Budget.
Some of the discrepancy comes from the late tax filing season this year, but it’s also a sign of the state’s red hot economy coming out of the pandemic.
Gov. Tim Walz is set to talk about the bullish new fiscal situation at a Thursday morning news conference.
Legislators entered the year with a deficit, which in a matter of months has become a ballooning surplus.
Walz and the divided Legislature still need to pass a two-year budget by July 1 or the government will shut down. The new numbers should make compromise easier.