Minnesota collected $153 million more in revenue than than expected last month.
The monthly Minnesota Management and Budget report on revenue collections found that April's tax revenue was almost 10 percent higher than originally projected. The results are preliminary, but indicated that the state took in $132 million more in individual income tax revenue and $28 million more in corporate income tax than the February forecast, while sales tax and other revenue sources were lower than projected.
In all, Minnesota collected $1.74 billion in April. Overall revenue for 2013 is $298 million higher than projected.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.