Gov. Dayton: Legislature’s education spending target wasn’t enough

Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed the education finance bill, setting up a special session of the Minnesota Legislature.

Click here to learn more about the veto process.

This is not a surprise since Gov. Dayton had promised he would block the bill if lawmakers didn’t increase the spending target for preK-12. He also was frustrated that bill did not include one of Dayton’s top priorities — universal preschool for 4-year-olds throughout the state.

There were 11th hour negotiations with no agreement so the governor delivered the promised veto letter Tuesday afternoon.

In his veto letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt, Gov. Dayton said the $400 million wasn’t enough given the state’s nearly $2 billion surplus. Dayton underlined the fact that the education bill did not include other provisions that he had specified as mandatory, including money for eliminating the head start waiting list, no funding for Bureau of Indian Education Schools and Special Education, English Learning Programs and Regional Centers which help the state’s most struggling schools.

Click here to read the full letter.

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