Governor Mark Dayton and DFL Senators held a press conference this week in response to school districts struggling with massive budget shortfalls. The Governor called on the Legislature to allocate $137.9 million in one-time emergency aid for every school district across the state.
News reports detailed at least 59 school districts that planned cuts next school year due to the severe budget shortfalls. These cuts would result in teacher layoffs, school closings, and program eliminations, indicating the need for the state to step in. The Governor wants lawmakers to use the state’s budget surplus to help schools mitigate the large budget deficits and avoid unnecessary consequences.