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What’s at stake in final budget negotiations: three different approaches to Minnesota’s future

Clark Biegler, MN Budget Project: Minnesota Budget Bites, May 13, 2015   As policymakers work to set the budget for the upcoming FY 2016-17 biennium, they bring very different visions to the table. Governor Mark Dayton proposes to use much of the state’s projected $1.9 billion surplus for expanded educational opportunities, improving transportation, reducing the cost […]

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On School Funding, Education Advocates Ask: What will Bakk do?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 1, 2015 With a scant three weeks left in the 2015 legislative session and three wildly divergent education proposals on the table, the operative question at the Minnesota state Capitol would seem to be: What’s Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk’s plan? This week, the state Senate approved education omnibus legislation that, as a standalone […]

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Opinion: It is time to get serious about funding education

Allison Fetrow and Dean Eyler, Sun Sailor, April 21, 2015 at 3:30 pm With all the media coverage of the state’s budget surplus, you may be surprised to learn that the most recent education “targets” (the amount of money legislators intend to spend on education) released by the House and Senate fall far short of […]

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Education wins big in revised Dayton budget plan

Patrick Condon and Ricardo Lopez, StarTribune, March 18, 2015 Budget rewrite redirecting millions of surplus funds sets up a clash with the GOP, which wants tax relief. Minnesota’s $1.9 billion projected budget surplus should be spent mostly on programs that benefit kids and families, Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday, setting up a clash with Republican lawmakers who […]

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PoliGraph: GOP ties surplus to tax cuts

Catharine Richert, MPR News: Capitol View, March 12, 2015 Here’s what the Minnesota Republican Party wants to do with the state’s nearly $1.9 billion surplus: Give it all back to Minnesotans. The party hasn’t detailed how it proposes to do that. But during a press conference to launch the party’s “Give it all back” ad […]

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