Negotiators for the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House and the Republican-controlled Senate are trading offers as they try to agree on the state E-12 education budget. We asked lead Democrat Jim Davnie from Minneapolis, will they get a deal before the end-of-June deadline?
“At the rate that the Senate is moving and engaging across policy areas, I’m not optimistic.”
Lead Republican Roger Chamberlain from Lino Lakes says G-O-P lawmakers offered the largest increase in 15 years for public school funding:
“I don’t know why anybody would want to walk away from this — I just don’t. This is what the educators wanted.”
Among the controversial areas: Republicans’ plan for Education Savings Accounts, which Democrats criticize as school vouchers.