Source: Session Daily
By Nick Longworth
With the fate of voluntary pre-kindergarten programs across the state to be determined, a House-Senate conference committee met Wednesday to discuss details in proposed legislation that has split lawmakers down the aisle this session.
A conference committee meeting detailed the differences in the two omnibus education finance bills. Nonpartisan House and Senate staff reviewed the bills side-by-side for comparison.
The House passed HF 890/ SF 718, sponsored by Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), 75-56 March 31. The Senate amended and passed the bill 38-28 April 4. Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) is the Senate sponsor.
The House proposal would increase the General Education Basic Formula funding by 1.25 percent over the 2018-19 biennium, or $205.9 million in additional funding. The Senate would increase the formula by 1.5 percent, a $298.6 million increase.
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