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Wisconsin has net budget surplus of $977 million


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's net budget surplus has grown to $977 million thanks largely to $893 million in tax collections above earlier projections, according to information released by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau on Thursday. 

Governor Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders have said they're planning to spend that surplus on income and property tax cuts.

"The additional revenue should be returned to taxpayers because it's their money, and my administration will work with the Legislature to determine the most prudent course of action," Walker said in a statement. The governor is expected to announce tax relief measures in his State of the State speech next Wednesday.

The state was originally projected to have a nearly $130 million surplus as of mid-2015. That is projected to grow by $912 million, resulting in a net surplus of $977 million after $65 million is put into savings.

Of the major taxes, sales tax collections are projected to be $350 million more than original estimates, individual income taxes by $265 million, corporate income taxes by $214 million and cigarette taxes by $52 million.

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