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MSBA Legislative Agenda Supplemental Budget Items
General Education Formula - 1% ($65 million)
While 2% and 2% on the general education formula last session is most appreciated, districts are still making further reductions to their budgets and staff.
Continue the work; provide additional revenue on the basic education formula for the second year of the biennium.

School Safety Aid - ($30.25 million)
Minnesota schools have done some good work to keep students safe, but inconsistency in funding has left gaps in security and the ability to proactively address student's mental health needs.
Continue the work; make permanent the 2019 school safety
aid in order to hire social workers, counselors and other
licensed mental health professionals.

Special Education Cross-Subsidy - ($68.5 million)
Last session's appropriation holds the cross-subsidy relatively flat in FY20 and FY21, but the cross-subsidy is projected to rise to $724 million in FY21 if the Legislature doesn't pursue additional legislation over the next two years.
Continue the work; decrease the special education cross-
subsidy by 5 percent.

 March 6, 2020
Special Edition - Action Alert 
Action Alert
With the recent release of the February budget forecast, the House, Senate and Governor will now turn their attention to setting budgets for the various areas of state government.  Although this is not a budget year, past practice suggests some supplemental funding will be proposed.

The state has a surplus and schools have needs.
With a projected surplus of $1.5 billion for the remainder of the biennium, resources are available to dedicate to K-12 classrooms. Education makes up 40% of the state budget. Is asking for 40% of the surplus unreasonable?

MSBA's Legislative Agenda calls for a supplemental budget, funding three specific areas (Please see side bar). All of these items are less than 11% of the surplus. Now is the time to impact where legislative leaders and Governor Walz propose additional funding. In the next couple days, please do these three things. 

1) Contact Your House of Representatives Member
House Democratic leaders have proposed putting $190 million into child care assistance and $190 million into early learning scholarships for children ages 0-3. Neither of these proposals would provide new revenue for Minnesota's K-12 public schools. In fact, putting $190 million into early learning scholarships for one year would put pressure on lawmakers next budget session to continue that funding. That would make it even more challenging to get adequate funding for K-12 classrooms. Please call your House member and ask him or her to prioritize public schools not private daycare centers.  

Find contact information for your House member

2) Contact Governor Walz
The message to Governor Walz is simple, please do not leave K-12 schools behind in the budget deal this session. Schools did not receive an inflationary increase from the last session and are making cuts for next school year.

Contact Governor Walz

3) Contact Your State Senator
Senate Republicans have said their priority is to pass tax cuts which would have significant long-term impacts on state budgets. Ask your Senator to prioritize public schools.

Find contact information for your Senator

Minnesota School Boards Association | 507-934-8133 | msba@mnmsba.org
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St. Paul, MN 55103