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Should taxpayers get a cut of Minnesotas $1.5 billion budget surplus?

Dec 6, 2018 - St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

Minnesota's economy is on track to have a $1.5 billion budget surplus over the next two years. Should taxpayers get a cut?

Not long ago, Minnesotans did.

From 1999-2001, Gov. Jesse Ventura gave state surplus money back to taxpayers in the form of sales tax rebate checks. The average "Jesse check" in 2000 was $265. In 2001, the average rebate was $330.

Other states have made rebate checks a yearly tradition.

In Alaska, annual rebate checks are baked into the state Constitu

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