The Supplemental Budget Conference Committee will address all areas of state expenditures, including education. See links below to all detailed education side-by-sides that committee will address this week. View MREA’s two-page score card of the issues.
In the details is $68 million for special education forecast adjustments (Art. 41 – E12 Forecast Adjustment, p R7), $25 million for FY ‘18 and $41 million for FY ‘19. This is larger than either the House or Senate education targets. Without passage of these forecast adjustments, special education formulas will be prorated for this year, and for next year and education funding will go backwards. If nothing else gets done, the forecast adjustment needs to happen.
Greater Minnesota is well represented on the Supplemental Budget Conference Committee with Senators Rosen, Newman and Kiffmeyer, and Representatives Knoblach, Torkelson, and Pelowski. Rep. Jenifer Loon, Chair of the House Education Finance Committee, is also on the conference committee.