The following information was shared via email with the library community on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Sam Walseth, Capitol Hill Associates, in his role as the MLA-ITEM lobbyist.
The House Education Finance Committee released a copy of their draft omnibus education finance and policy bill this morning.
The bill provides $50,000 in each of the next two fiscal years (2018 and 2019) for the Center for the Book, but doesn’t include this funding in the on-going state government base.
Unfortunately, the bill doesn’t include any of our proposed RLBSS and Multitype funding request.
For schools, the bill reduces compensatory aid as a means to provide some additional funding on the basic formula. The bill adds 1.3% and then 1.6% on the basic formula for all kids.
The bill is a far cry from what Governor Dayton will sign into law. It’s the House GOP’s starting point for end game negotiations with the administration.
The bill spends an additional $257 million over the next two years on E-12 programs. The Governor has proposed an additional $709 million over the same period.