St. Paul, Minn. – Yesterday, Governor Tim Walz unveiled his budget proposal supporting historic investments in Minnesota’s schools. In response Senator Jerry Newton (DFL – Coon Rapids) released the following statement:
“The Governor’s budget takes real steps in guaranteeing every student in Minnesota receives a world-class education from kindergarten through college.
By investing $532 million into the basic funding formula, we are providing students and districts with the flexibility they need to support the unique needs of each student. This proposal also includes a freeze on the special education funding cross-subsidy, a measure that will provide more stable funding for districts across the state. I also firmly support the Governor’s commitment to supporting school safety, with $26 million in funding that will increase the number of counselors and other support services our students have access to.
This proposal also makes a significant investment in the Minnesota State Grant Program, the best tool we have to provide a path to higher education through financial aid for students with low-income, working, and middle-class backgrounds. Today’s proposal will provide an average increase of $300 for over 80,000 recipients of this grant.”
About Senator Jerry Newton
Jerry Newton is a state senator who represents Blaine, Coon Rapids, and Spring Lake Park. He is the Ranking Member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy Committee and a member of the following committees: Family Care and Aging; and Higher Education Finance and Policy. Sen. Newton is also a member of the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission and the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. A high-resolution photo of Sen. Newton is available for download here.