Minnesota Management and Budget has forecast a tiny surplus in the state budget for the current biennium. Great. But as Commissioner Jim Schowalter observes, “we still have lots of IOU’s” to pay back–including the “school shift” of $2.7 billion.

The press release also shows another cloud on the horizon: “The forecast shows a projected deficit of $1.1 billion for fiscal years 2014-15.”


The state’s spending trajectory is still unsustainable.