Roger Chamberlain

Earlier this month, commissioners from state agencies recently raised their concerns to legislative leaders regarding the omnibus budget bills. The memos — that likely reflect Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget preferences — included: Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius writing Sen. Carla Nelson and Rep. Jenifer Loon over the education omnibus bill —…

The Senate E-12 Finance Committee examined a bill Monday that would provide an increase to the education funding formula. Committee chair Sen. Carla Nelson’s SF 1556 would increase the basic per-pupil formula allowance by 2 percent in each of the next two years. This would equate to $6,188 per pupil…

The Minnesota Senate recently announced its proposed committee assignments for the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. The Senate E-12 Finance Committee will be led by Sen. Carla Nelson (chair) and Sen. Eric Pratt (vice chair). The E-12 Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Mondays and Wednesday from 3 p.m.…

The first deadline of this 2016 legislative session was last Friday. All policy bills needed to have a hearing in their house of origin in order to be considered for advancement. With the policy bills completed, we now move toward the finance bill deadline — and the attention has definitely…

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