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Dynamics change for K-12 lobbying ‘cartel’

DFL Rep. Mindy Greiling has spent years wrangling with the likes of education lobbyists as groups tried to sway the former House K-12 finance chairwoman to change longstanding policies or win a bigger piece of the multibillion-dollar budget pie. But no other group was more persistent, or powerful, than the so-called “education cartel.”

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School levies spike

In the past three years, the Waseca school district has cut its budget by 20 percent — more than $5 million all told. District busing is just meeting state mandates. Elective classes have been cut at the junior high and severely reduced at the high school. Many teachers have left for wealthier districts.

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Shift happens – and debt to schools grows

The state of Minnesota is stiffing school districts across the state on roughly $3.5 billion in funding. That’s around 25 percent of the K-12 education budget signed into law last week for the current biennium. Put another way, it works out to roughly $4,200 for every single student enrolled in the public school system.

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Shutdown: The end is near

The agreed-upon "framework" is based on an approximately $35.5 billion spending offer GOP leaders presented to Dayton on the eve of the shutdown, which the governor re-presented to them — with added conditions — on Thursday. But there remain many questions about the particulars of the agreement.

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Onset of state shutdown fails to spur negotiations forward

Republican leaders seemed to come out of the negotiating room after the holiday weekend with a renewed sense of vigor. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Speaker Kurt Zellers addressed reporters after an hourlong budget meeting on Tuesday — the first since talks collapsed and government went into shutdown mode — and repeated their caucuses’ “no new taxes” declaration.

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