From 2002 to 2013 the Minnesota legislators continually failed to adequately fund education. Instead, they balanced the budget on the back of our students. Local property owners had to make up the difference, creating greater inequities for students in non-metro districts with fewer properties and businesses.
With a $1.9 billion dollar surplus, now is the time to reinvest in our students. We can create a stable, fair source of funding for districts, reduce the achievement gap, and build the World’s Best Workforce.
Instead of these common-sense solutions, the House GOP has proposed a less than 1% increase in education (essentially cuts), and tax cuts to the tune of $2.2 billion. This means that for every $1 in new education funding, the House budget spends $15 in tax cuts.
With a $2 billion dollar surplus and a strong economy, let’s not go back to the dark days of neglecting education in order to cuts taxes for the rich.
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