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The state's November economic forecast is out and the Minnesota Management and Budget office says the state will have a $1.08 billion budget surplus next year.
The first $246 million must be used to complete repayment of the K-12 school property tax recognition shift. Additionally, $15 million will be transferred to the state airports fund, restoring money originally borrowed in 2008. This forecast completes repayment of all accounting shifts from prior budget solutions.
That leaves a bottom line surplus of $825 million, budget officials said.
Who do you think should get that $825 million? Chances are the government is going to want to hold onto it.
Tomorrow morning in the 8 o'clock hour, we talk to Senate Minority Leader David Hann about what he expects Democrats to do with the extra dough.
MnSure, Minnesota's version of Obamacare, uses the slogan "Where you choose health coverage". But this month, the MnSure board is voting to limit the option available throught the health care exchange.
This morning, Jack brought up the reason why MnSure is looking for fewer options. Soup. No seriously, soup.
Rep. Tina Liebling said back in February that too many options is confusing for the consumer. When she tries to by soup from a grocery store, she sometimes leaves without a purchase because there is too much variety. She really said this! Here's the video.
More options means lower prices and lower prices is never confusing
Many metro areas around the Twin Cities have declared snow emergencies, which means parking restrictions are in effect. Below is a list of communities under a snow emergency and links to city websites where you can find out what restrictions are in effect.
Beginning at 2 a.m. on Thursday, no parking will be allowed on city streets due to a snow emergency.
Snow Emergency Hotline at 952-563-8768.
The city of Crystal declared a snow emergency through 7 a.m. Friday morning.
No parking is allowed in public streets unless it has been plowed and the snow has been removed.
The city of Excelsior's snow emergency will remain in effect until the entire city has been plowed.
Parking will be prohibited on all public streets until the snow has stopped falling and crews have been able to the roads to the curb.
Snow emergency parking restrictions will last through 8 p.m. on Friday.
Through 8 a.m. on Thursday, cars should be removed from both sides of designated snow emergency routes until the street is fully plowed.
Between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday, motorists should not park on even sides of non-snow emergency streets or on either side of any parkway until the road is plowed to the curb.
On Friday, parking is prohibited on the odd side of non-snow emergency routes until crews have plowed the snow to the curb.
No vehicles will be allowed on city streets that have not been plowed between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. over the next two days, starting at midnight.
ST. LOUIS PARK
On-street parking is now banned throughout the city of St. Louis Park. Until the roadway is cleared to the curb, vehicles must be parked off-street to avoid ticketing and towing.
On all streets, parking is banned until the snow has been plowed to the curb.
Thursday's edition of Up and At 'Em - 6-9AM on Twin Cities News Talk AM1130
6AM Hour: All the local headlines and news stories of the day!
7AM Hour: Star Tribune's Rachel Stassen-Berger joins to discuss financial disclosures and budget estimates for MN.
8AM Hour: The daily dose of Obamacare news and failures, and we're taking your phone calls!