What can you do?
I am repeating this call to action from last week because it's not over until it's over!
Continue to make some noise. Your legislators and key leadership need to hear from you!
Email your state senator and representative
Find out who represents you
with their contact information.
Copy these key legislative leaders (cut and paste into your email):
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Include the governor in your communications
. Cut and paste your email into his
Key points about the current state of affairs.
- The legislative session is ending soon on May 22. We expect the legislature and the governor to get their job done and agree on a balanced budget for Minnesota.
- The state's public schools must be a top priority.
- The basic formula must be increased to keep up with inflation. Two percent increases each year to the basic formula is the very minimum our schools need to minimize cuts.
- Lowering the cost of school levies makes the education funding system more equitable and provides immediate property tax relief in low property wealth districts. The 40% agricultural bond credit and increased debt service equalization included in the tax bill from the conference will lower the cost for school building bonds and must be in the final budget agreement. The debt service equalization needs to be made permanent. Help to lower the cost of operating referendums should be included as well.
- With the growing unfunded cost for special education and the required 2% increase for the school district's contribution to the teacher pension account, school districts need additional resources so increases to the basic formula can be focused on maintaining education opportunities for all students.