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ST. PAUL, Minnesota. June 17, 2022 – The following is a statement from Education Minnesota President Denise Specht on news Senate Republicans are done negotiating over a special session of the Legislature and how to spend a $9.25 billion surplus.
“Minnesota lawmakers had an unprecedented opportunity during the 2022 session to use the surplus to start paying back our public schools for years of underfunding. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans had no interest in negotiating with the governor or House leaders to go back to work and fund our schools, health care and public safety.
“It’s campaign season. Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller and GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen decided it’s better politics to hoard the surplus money for tax breaks for their rich friends rather than provide students and educators with the resources they desperately need. Mental health crises and educator shortages are at all-time highs and Senate Republicans decided to do nothing.
“This fall, we have the power to change that. Educators across Minnesota are ready to elect leaders who will listen to them; recognize their work, expertise and dedication; and support them by fully funding our schools so students have the learning conditions they deserve.”
About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.