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Education Plan Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Yvonne Selcer copy 2As we finish up our work in St. Paul, I certainly hope that more progress can be made for our students. As you may recall, our schools faced deep budget cuts during the last decade, when we had a budget deficit for 8 out of the last 10 years. In 2013, the budget was balanced into the future and we now have a projected $1.9 billion surplus. Yet, the proposed House Majority education budget increases school funding by just .6 percent —a number that school officials have warned will cause hundreds of teacher layoffs in the metro area and increase class sizes.

With a significant budget surplus, we must strike a better balance between investing in education, transportation and other priorities to strengthen our economy, and providing a suitable business and tax environment. I am extremely disappointed that the House majority is insisting on providing permanent tax relief to owners of the biggest corporations in our state — many of whom don’t even live in Minnesota — at the expense of our students and their future.

With time running out before the Legislature adjourns May 18, I hope that our legislative leaders will find more compromise to ensure that our students are made a priority for the next two years. For my part, I will continue working to ensure that we can strike a bipartisan balance that ensures our schools remain strong and that our students have world-class opportunities.

Rep. Yvonne Selcer, HD48A
Eden Prairie News, May 15, 2015

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