Session Daily: Education finance omnibus bill conference committee digs into details, seeks unified proposal

Session Daily: Education finance omnibus bill conference committee digs into details, seeks unified proposal

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Rep. Jenifer Loon, chair of the House Education Finance Committee (left) and Sen. Carla Nelson, chair of the Senate E-12 Finance Committee, confer before the start of the first meeting of the conference committee on HF 890, the omnibus education finance bill April 19. Photo by Paul Battaglia, Session Daily

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.

See http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/sessiondaily/SDView.aspx?StoryID=12781 for the rest of the story at Session Daily.

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