UPDATED:Minnesota gets $1.2 billion in good news; helps nursing homes and the rich
Minnesota's new budget deficit will be about $5 billion, down from $6.2 billion, but there are so many unanswered economic questions that the budget also could end up in worse shape.
Even with the better number, the state faces a massive deficit that legislators and the governor will debate through the spring. Gov. Mark Dayton immediately changed his proposed budget to eliminate an income tax surcharge and restore funding to health programs such as nursing homes.