Please, please stick to your guns on this.
Gov. Mark Dayton issued an ultimatum Monday as the Legislature’s session entered its final week: Without emergency funding for schools he won’t cut a tax deal. Republicans said they wouldn’t meet his demand…
“My position is that I will not engage in any negotiations on a tax bill or sign any tax bill until we have an agreement to provide emergency school aid,” Dayton said, stressing that his proposal is needed to stop schools from shedding staff or ditching programs.
Update: As of Thursday morning, Governor Dayton is indeed sticking to his guns. Which is a great thing, for all Minnesotans, even if too many haven’t the sense to realize that.
A reality check on Minnesota school funding, and other remarks, below the fold.
Governor Dayton recently proposed a one-time “emergency aid” increase of $138 million to Minnesota public schools in fiscal year (FY) 2019, in the form of a two percent increase in basic general education formula revenue and selected categorical aid programs. This aid increase would replace a portion of the real (i.e., inflation-adjusted) per pupil school funding loss that the vast majority of districts have experienced since FY 2003—the year in which the state assumed funding of nearly all K-12 general education expenses.
Aid to Minnesota school districts has increased since FY 2013, thanks to revenue generated by state tax increases enacted in 2013. However, post-2013 aid increases have been sufficient to replace only about half of the real per pupil aid decrease experienced over the preceding decade, as noted in a 2017 North Star report. In constant FY 2019 dollars, 310 of the 332 Minnesota school districts are receiving less aid today than they did in FY 2003; in over half of all districts, the aid loss exceeds $1,000 per pupil.
(North Star Policy Institute)
Republicans are taking their sweet time in detailing their tax proposal. Based on past behavior, this is certainly because their final plan will be engorged with yet more welfare for the wealthy, at the ultimate expense of everyone else, and they want to leave as little time as possible for those facts to get around before they try to shove it into law.
But this does give an idea of what’s coming down the pipe:
Under the Senate Republican plan, someone inheriting $5 million would see over $300,000 tax cut while a working family of four would see only a $95 tax cut. Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers have spent nearly all of Minnesota’s $1.4 billion budget surplus in less than one year. They cut a blank check to health insurance companies and slashed taxes for corporations, big tobacco, and the very wealthy. And now they want to give millionaires an even larger tax cut.
(Senate DFL Caucus)