ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD)  —  Minnesota’s governor has released a revised version of his budget proposal.  It still includes a tax increase that Republicans oppose.

A release from Democratic Governor Tim Walz’s office says the new spending plan accounts for the updated economic forecast predicting the state’s one-point-three-billion-dollar deficit is now a one-point-six-billion-dollar surplus.

Majority Leader Paul Gazelka responded by saying the Republican-controlled Senate won’t agree to tax hikes.  Gazelka says they aren’t needed.