Mark Dayton pushes for emergency school funding despite reserves

May 14, 2018 by

As Gov. Mark Dayton toured the state this week making the case for $138 million in emergency spending for schools, Republicans accused the Democratic leader of exaggerating the fiscal urgency schools face to make a political point.

State Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, notes that the $18.8 billion, two-year education budget approved last May included significant new spending. And Dayton’s plan gives the additional money to every district when not all of them are facing shortfalls.

Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie
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Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie

“I have to question, is this truly an emergency? I’m not seeing that for all school districts,” Loon, the chair of the House education finance committee, said Wednesday as Dayton was making headlines with stops in Lakeville and Rochester.

Loon and other Republicans have encouraged districts to find creative ways to get by until next year when the Legislature drafts its next spending plan. They note that many districts have millions of dollars in cash reserves and have other ways to address financial challenges.

Dayton painted a much more dire picture this week.

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