On Tuesday, the House DFL majority released their budget targets, calling for significant new investment in Minnesota’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, including a $721.7 million increase from the base in funding for education.
Following the announcement, Senator Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood), ranking DFL-Lead on the Senate Education Finance and Policy Committee, released the following statement:
“The budget targets put forward by the House today are the right priority for Minnesota. We must meet the needs of this moment with a true investment in our students and schools. Their proposal could not be a starker contrast than the plan put forward by the Senate Majority. Now is not the time to shift hundreds of millions of dollars in public money to private schools, while cutting the overall level of funding for education. Instead, we must rise to this moment and deliver the resources necessary to address the impact of COVID-19 on our students’ education. Today’s proposal from the House DFL, along with the Due North plan from Governor Walz, reflect the path forward we must take, and have my strongest support.”