Both the House and Senate approved Republican-backed bills to pay off Minnesota's debt to its schools by drawing down the reserve fund. But Governor Dayton is not a fan of the idea. Dayton and other DFLers think it would leave the reserve fund too depleted.
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Republicans want to use state budget reserve to pay off debt to schools
Minnesota has borrowed more than $2 billion from its schools to cover recent budget deficits. A group of Republicans says now that the economy is stronger the state should pay off that debt with money in reserve. But Governor Mark Dayton says raiding the reserve fund could leave the state vulnerable if the economy heads south again.
House, Senate Republicans reach deal to pay back K-12 schools
Republican lawmakers have agreed to use $430 million in the state's budget reserves to catch up on delayed payments to Minnesota schools. Gov. Dayton has voiced some worries that tapping the budget reserves could leave the state with cash flow problems.
House approves plan to use rainy day fund for partial school payback
House members approved the shift from state reserves to pay back repeated delays of education money to cover deficits. The House plan uses $430 million of the rainy day fund to go toward the $2.4 billion owed to schools.
House passes tax bill over DFL objections
The Minnesota House approved a tax bill that would freeze business property taxes and create several new tax breaks. Governor Dayton and other DFLers say the freeze will drive up the state's budget deficit in the next biennium. The tax breaks include incentives for investing in startup companies and hiring veterans.
Senate passes Republican effort to start paying back schools
The Senate gave it's approval to use the state's reserves to pay down a small part of the debt owed to Minnesota schools. The measure gets the state about a fifth of the way toward the $2 billion amount elected officials put off to solve past budget woes.
Committee votes to trim costs in state Senate by cutting DFL staffers
The Minnesota legislative session had barely gotten underway when its first partisan battle broke out. A committee working to cut the cost of running the Senate wants to eliminate funding for up to 14 staff jobs -- all of them on the DFL side of the aisle.
Funding woes force closure of Forest Lake elementary school
The Central Montessori School has been beset by funding cuts.
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