Minnesota’s state revenue collections continued to outpace projections in January, with taxpayers kicking in $140 million more than expected for the month.
The state collected $1.8 billion the first month of 2013, with individual income and sales tax revenue both beating projections. The highly volatile corporate income tax did not meet expectations, bringing in $41 million for the month, nearly half of the target.
Minnesotans paid in $1.1 billion in individual income taxes, nearly $137 million more than projected. Consumers paid $490 million in sales taxes, $17.5 million more than expected.
State budget officials are scheduled to release a new economic forecast later this month that legislators will use to craft the next two-year budget. The last forecast, in November, showed the state faces a $1.1 billion projected deficit the next two years.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."