Historic investments in schools, local government aid, and infrastructure are good for Minnesota
St. Paul, Minn. – Earlier today Governor Tim Walz announced his budget proposal including major investments in education. In response, Ranking Minority Lead of the E-12 Finance and Policy Committee Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood) released the following statement:
“I applaud Governor Walz’s proposed budget for the historic investment it would deliver for our students and schools. This proposal makes a significant commitment to the basic funding formula while reforming how schools are funded. This will help guarantee that every student in Minnesota receives a good education, regardless of their zip code. This proposal also provides $77 million in special education funding, freezing the cross subsidy to relieve some of the burden on school budgets. The Governor also proposes $26 million to enhance school safety to increase school support staff and enhance facility security and monitoring systems. This is a 50 percent increase for schools.
Together, these investments will only strengthen Minnesota as the “Education State”.
The proposal also puts our communities first by making real strides in providing more local government aid – a vital resource for towns and cities across the state. We know that when local government aid isn’t available, more and more of the burden falls on raising property taxes to fill needs. Today’s proposal will relieve this pressure and reduce the impact on local governments.
I also support the proposal’s investment in Minnesota’s transportation network. Our area continues to grow putting more strain on our existing network, and current funding does not do enough to address our existing network, let alone handle the continued growth. We have kicked can down the road for too long, now is the time to support real meaningful investment in our roads, bridges, and transit network. This budget will make that possible.”
About Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger is a state senator who represents the northeast metropolitan communities of Maplewood, Oakdale, North St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Birchwood, Mahtomedi, and Willernie. He is the Ranking Member of the E-12 Finance Committee, and a member of the Capital Investment and Local Government committees.