There are plenty of people stepping up to take credit for the state's projected billion-dollar budget surplus. Gov. Dayton and the DFL believe the surplus is a result of the tax increase in the last budget, passed after Democrats took control of the Minnesota House and Senate. Republicans are giving the credit to the spending cuts and austerity that Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the Republicans brought about in previous budgets. Independent economists are crediting the state's economy, which is recovering at a faster rate than the national average.