In response to Governor Dayton’s announcement that he has vetoed the Legislature’s E-12 bill, Senate E-12 Budget Chair Sen. Chuck Wiger released the following statement:
“I am proud of the bill we passed this legislative session and support the important proposals that will go a long way to help our schools: more money on the per pupil formula, facilities, Q Comp, concurrent enrollment and Reading Corps. We also made a strong statement in our bill with more than $60 million for early education and School Readiness, and I appreciate the Governor’s support of an initiative that has served our state well for almost a quarter of a century.
I am happy to hear that he and the House GOP were very close to a deal as we neared the end of the legislative session. It is disappointing to learn that the Governor compromised significantly to wrap up the session on a positive note, but that House leadership would not accept any deal but their own. It is now up to the Governor to convince the House Speaker and his majority caucus to increase education spending so we can quickly reach a deal to end this education funding impasse. I stand with the Governor in his efforts.
I do support Governor Dayton in his desire to provide additional funding for E-12 education in Minnesota and agree that we need strong early learning programs if we want to close the achievement gap for all students in our state.
I hope we can find a quick resolution to our budget differences, but let’s not put the provisions our conferees have agreed to at risk. If we can provide additional, needed assistance to schools for early education or more money on the formula, that would be great, but it needs to be done as soon as possible.”