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Minnesota Senate Leader: Rebate Checks ‘Unlikely’

Tom Bakk

ST. PAUL (AP) — Don’t count on a sales tax rebate check like the ones that became popular in prior years Minnesota ran a budget surplus.

Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Monday that it’s unlikely his chamber would go that route if there are extra dollars for lawmakers to allocate next year. A forecast last week showed $825 million available but a new report will come out as lawmakers return in late February.

The Democrat from Cook says his preference is to add more money to the state’s budget reserves, consider transportation investments and make other tax and spending decisions that don’t have a lasting budget impact.

He says some money could be used to help nursing homes adjust to a possible increase in the state’s minimum wage.

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