Senate Education Committee Chairs Hail Budget Agreement as an Investment in Minnesota’s Future

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Tuesday, Governor Tim Walz, Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic, and House Speaker Melissa Hortman announced an agreement on key budget decisions, including historic investments in children and families. The target budget includes $2.2 billion for K-12 education as well as an additional $300 million for early education.

Chairs of the Education Finance and Education Policy Committees Senator Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) and Senator Steve Cwodzinski (DFL-Eden Prairie) release the following statement:

“With over 50 years as educators between the two of us, we are pleased to see the DFL leadership’s commitment to supporting students, families, and educators in the two-year budget framework released today. As education policy and finance chairs, our priority has been the intentional investment in our students, from earliest learners to young adults entering the workforce, including community and adult learners. We came into this session ready to help each child and lifelong learner who calls Minnesota home achieve their full potential. We are also determined to retain and grow a talented and diverse cohort of educators who will guide students toward unlocking the joy of learning. Accomplishing legislation that Minnesotans have called for this session will once again put Minnesota on the map as a beacon for young families starting their lives and a leader in education for all.”


Steve Cwodzinski represents District 49 in the southwest Twin Cities metro.

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Mary K. Kunesh represents Senate District 39, which covers the communities of St. Anthony Village, New Brighton, Hilltop, Columbia Heights, Fridley, and a portion of Spring Lake Park.

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