Gov. Mark Dayton’s education funding fight

May 19, 2015 by

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In 1997, Arne Carlson vetoed an education bill because it didn’t include tax credits, a top priority for the governor.

A governor designates a significant change in education policy as his priority of his second term in office.

His passion for the issue comes from personal experience in the public school system.

He stakes his political reputation on passing the change because he has nothing to lose. He will not be running for office again.

He promises that if the legislature fails to include his marquee issue in the K-12 education bill, the bill will be vetoed.

Over the last days and weeks, Gov. Mark Dayton has taken all of these steps as part of his efforts to get the Legislature to pass funding for pre-K education for 4-year-olds.

But he is not the first governor to go down that road. Gov. Arne Carlson did all of the above in 1997 to win his battle over offering tax credits for education expenses, including private school tuition, a modification of a school voucher proposal that was dead on arrival when he proposed it in 1996.

Carlson ended up vetoing the Legislature’s initial education funding bill, and later described the month following the veto as “one of the most difficult months of my life.”

Source: Dayton’s education funding fight is a lot like one fought by Arne Carlson, with one big difference | MinnPost

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