Education supporters plan a Thursday rally at noon — soon after the state’s budget forecast that morning — to urge state officials to use the projected surplus, likely to be in the range of $1 billion, for schools.
Many state leaders have said they want to use the surplus for tax cuts.
Even the event organizers acknowledge that tax cuts are a popular choice for politicians in an election year, but hope to generate some buzz for investing the surplus in education.
They say the point of their town hall rally on Thursday is to “to hear from Minnesota families about why we need to invest our surplus in education, not use it for short-sighted tax giveaways.”
Scheduled to speak at the rally, at the University Baptist Church in Dinkytown, are:
- Lawrence Pogemiller, Commissioner, Office of Higher Education
- State Sen. Greg Clausen
- State Rep. Phyllis Kahn
- State Rep. Carlos Mariani
- State Rep. Erin Murphy
- U of M Students
- U of M Faculty
- Early Childhood Educators
- K-12 Parents
- K-12 Teachers
- Faith and Community Leaders