The Relative Comment

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MN finds money. A lot of money.

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Dear Minnesota Government,

Please tell me where you found a surprise surplus of $876 million. I am always searching for unexpected money, but unlike you, have been unable to find anything more than a dollar bill once on the floor of a bar. In comparison, that is not very satisfying.

Please do the right thing, and give that money to the public schools, since you earlier took money from the schools to cover your expected deficit. Which has now disappeared. Miraculously.

Thank you,

The Relative Comment.


Written by Christopher ZF

December 1, 2011 at 12:51

Posted in budgets, Minnesota

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  1. And I would prefer most of it be given back to the taxpayers. Instead, we’ll probably get a crappy new Vikings stadium.


    December 1, 2011 at 13:05

  2. It will make the Vikings’ argument easier, that’s for sure. It takes away the easiest opposition argument to the cause: we don’t have any money.

    But don’t worry. This money won’t go to the Vikings. Or to the taxpayers. Or to the schools.
    It will go the Budget Reserves, where it will sit until the next biennium, when we will run another projected deficit.


    December 1, 2011 at 13:10

  3. That’s probably the conservative thing to do, but part of me wishes they would just spend it and not have an additional incentive to run another budget deficit. Of course, none of that kind of thinking has any practical significance.


    December 1, 2011 at 13:20

  4. Money should be returned to local governments. Simply overturn the cuts we made to local govt’s.
    The fun part is that this only begins a long process of every possible person shorted during the budget cuts (ie. everyone in the state) saying that the money should go to them… as a state employee who had his budget cut three times in one year, might I suggest I get some of the money?


    December 1, 2011 at 13:58

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