Emmer releases education portion of his budget

The Republican candidate for governor promises to hold K-12 education harmless. Tom Emmer released the second part of his budget plan at a debate sponsored by the Association of Metropolitan School Districts. Emmer said “Next to creating new jobs in the current tough economy, our highest priority as a state must be educating our kids well.” As he’s done before, the Republican promised reform and reduction of mandates. He would begin to repay a billion dollar budget shift back in 2014.

The Democratic candidate for governor says Emmer’s plan doesn’t add up. “Minnesotans value education. It is our greatest strength, the key to our future prosperity, and it has been cut over the last 8 years. Rep. Emmers proposal, contrary to his assertion, will not hold funding harmless but will cut education funding by 14.9%. The consequences of more cuts would be larger class sizes, more districts going to 4-day school weeks, lower quality education and higher property taxes to pay for operational expenses in the schools.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Joe Nathan on 09/14/2010 - 09:55 pm.

    This article appears to contain approximately 81 words describing what Rep. Emmer is proposing, and approximately 87 words from Senator Dayton criticizing Rep Emmer’s proposal.

    This is not an argument for or against either candidate. But wouldn’t it be appropriate to have a few more details of what is in Rep Emmer’s plan, before giving another candidate a chance to comment?

    I am not arguing for or against either candidate’s views. If the situation were reversed, I’d make the same comment.

    My sense is that voters would be better served with a few more details of what was proposed.

  2. Submitted by Mohammed Ali Bin Shah on 09/15/2010 - 09:23 am.

    Mary,

    You did not check Mark Dayton’s assertion, in that Education will be cut. Those charges are false. Last time I did basic math, $13.8B is MORE than $13.3B. That is called in increase. Or maybe you just decided to run with the typical liberal meme that a reduction in a proposed increase is a CUT IN SPENDING, which it is clearly NOT.

    If I wanted the hear the unchallenged talking points of the candidates I would read the Strib.

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