Surplus Nears $4 Billion...You're Owed A Lot of Money

The Minnesota State Economist announced this morning that the state budget surplus, the amount of money the government overtaxed us by, has grown by a $181 Million. Governor Walz and the DFL House have a list of new spending projects lined up to spend the surplus on, while the Republican Senate wants to spend some and give back $1 Billion of the money.

What you aren't hearing about in the halls of the Capitol is that the state government is actually overtaxing us by a lot more than the $1.5 Billion figure stated in the MMB report. The state government is taking tax money from hardworking Minnesotans and putting it in a massive reserve account that tops $2.5 Billion. They're trying to trick us with money they stole from our pockets. This is money not being used for current spending.

Senate Republican Leader Paul Gazelka recently bragged about keeping the budget reserve account high. His caucus has not put forward a plan to give back that money to the private sector as of the date of this article. However, Rep Cal Bahr who is a member of the more conservative New House Republican Caucus, sent out an email to constituents claiming the amount in reserves is surplus funds and should be given back. His email was sent before the February Forecast was released today which is why his number is a little lower.



Action 4 Liberty calls for the entire $4 Billion to be returned to Minnesota taxpayers immediately. Senate Republicans need to lead on this issue and deliver something for the Republican base heading into an important election season.

One thing we noticed while analyzing the economic report today is that the "cash flow" account was added to the same line item as the "budget reserves". These are typically separate line items on the budget. Was this done purposely to mask how much money they are holding onto in a rainy day fund? The cash flow account is only $350 Million. Adding the two categories together gives the impression that a large amount of money is needed for current cash flow for government functions.




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  • Kim DeBerge
    commented 2020-03-10 11:48:18 -0500
    This is not a surprise. Minnesota is so heavily taxed! Give it back.
  • Jessica Lenz Chase
    commented 2020-03-09 20:20:49 -0500
    If we weren’t so ridiculously overtaxed, my family could live a decent lifestyle. Give back the money to who rightfully deserves it. Quit sitting on money that isn’t yours.
    I’d also like to note that during a difficult time in my and my kids’ lives. I worked a good job, paid my taxes and couldn’t get any assistance as a single mother of two. It’s crazy to me that we’re taxed so heavily that we can’t survive but when we ask for a boost from the state we pay to for these programs, they tell us no but give to immigrants that have contributed nothing.
    The system is broken. Might be time to take another look.
  • Jeffrey Fagre
    commented 2020-03-09 14:56:26 -0500
    Make sure small businesses are treated fairly they are the backbone of the economy
  • Chrisssie Wildeman
    commented 2020-03-09 12:28:54 -0500
    Oh let me add to my comment that the refunds should go ONLY to the AMERICANS!! NO IMMIGRANTS!!
  • Paul Fiskewold
    commented 2020-03-09 11:56:56 -0500
    Give it back now. Tired of the wasteful spending and welfare fraud and useless immigration
  • Shane Mollers
    commented 2020-03-09 11:54:44 -0500
    Give it back
  • Chrisssie Wildeman
    commented 2020-03-09 11:50:16 -0500
    Give our money back!! I’m sick of being overtaxed in this state so that you can keep running your corruption here!!
  • Debbra Beckman
    commented 2020-03-09 11:40:15 -0500
    Give it back!
  • Dave Sherod
    commented 2020-03-09 11:28:23 -0500
    Quit taxing SS
  • Romain Rech
    commented 2020-03-01 19:10:11 -0600
    Give some of it back to hard working taxpayers and not to the free loaders out there looking for hand outs.
  • Dawn Burris
    commented 2020-02-29 15:13:07 -0600
    As long as you have a surplus of money. Ramsey County Nursing Home is in dyer need of updating and added staff. The poor people only get showers once a week, (the tubs leak) and no whirlpool type tubs like other facilities. If they can’t stand they get a sponge bath. Ratio is 17 residents to 1 nurse. You wait forever if you need help. The average is 5-7 per 1 nurse. The hoists to lift people are old and in bad shape. Some don’t even work. Others bend. I sure hope if any of you or a family member ends up in a nursing home, that it’s this one so you can experience what it’s like when you have to wait for help and don’t have the proper updated facilities. You can see what happens when you don’t send the money to the proper places that really need it. In this day and age it’s really sad that people have to live this way. Let’s start cutting from the top and spend the money where it’s really needed.
  • Darrel Turvold
    commented 2020-02-29 04:59:24 -0600
    Give back. Our state is not a back for us! Especially when they don’t let us touch our money that is just sitting there. We can use our money.
  • Cyndie Knopik
    commented 2020-02-28 22:53:00 -0600
    Sure they give back the money and then next year we would have to pay taxes on it. It’s a no win. Just lower taxes!
  • Heather G
    commented 2020-02-28 22:45:38 -0600
    RIDICULOUS! Stop overtaxing us!!! You keep raising the taxes annually, and we continue to have a surplus. That should tell you something!
  • Nathan Cole
    commented 2020-02-28 19:53:35 -0600
    Return the surplus the TAXPAYERS and not the freeloaders, people who haven’t paid a dime or put towards education and roads.
    If out to roads find a quality auditor to award fiscally responsible bids and not to someone’s buddy costing 3 times what it takes.
  • David Christensen
    commented 2020-02-28 19:05:22 -0600
    DEMOCRATS NEED TO GO!!… this is a true theft of Minnesotans money.. and the state should be made to pay a penalty.. that’s what they would do to us..
  • David Christensen
    commented 2020-02-28 19:05:22 -0600
    DEMOCRATS NEED TO GO!!… this is a true theft of Minnesotans money.. and the state should be made to pay a penalty.. that’s what they would do to us..
  • Amber Beito
    commented 2020-02-28 16:43:45 -0600
    Yes it should all be given back to MN USA citizens!!!
  • Rhonda Webb
    commented 2020-02-28 14:19:33 -0600
    I work hard for that money and feel I should get my share back please
  • Arlene Rabe
    commented 2020-02-28 12:48:01 -0600
    It’s only common sense, give it back to the people you got it from!!
  • Anonymous
    commented 2020-02-28 12:31:12 -0600
    Give us our money back, you owe us! If we owed you, you would be beating down our doors. GIVE IT BACK NOW!
  • Mike Long
    commented 2020-02-28 12:01:42 -0600
    Give back the money to the citizens.
  • Joseph Muehlbauer
    commented 2020-02-28 11:46:03 -0600
    Taxation without representation
  • Donna Wahl
    commented 2020-02-28 11:09:14 -0600
    Where’s Jesse? Do the right thing. Give it back to citizens who filed here.
  • Colin Carney
    commented 2020-02-28 10:33:51 -0600
    Give us our money back
  • Gary Schmitz
    commented 2020-02-28 08:46:44 -0600
    We want our damn money back now!!
  • Theresa Wemhoff
    commented 2020-02-28 07:22:31 -0600
    Give it back
  • Nick Heinen
    commented 2020-02-28 06:30:52 -0600
    Give the taxpayers THEIR MONEY back!
  • Mary George
    commented 2020-02-27 22:45:50 -0600
    Give us our money back! We need it!
  • Matt Uecker
    commented 2020-02-27 22:40:20 -0600
    Give our money back!!!!