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Winkler Says Minnesota's Budget Fix Includes Focus on Schools

In a statement released yesterday, Rep. Ryan Winkler said that without revenue, we can't fix Minnesota's budget issues.

In light of Gov. Mark Dayton's statement on November's 2012 budget forecast, Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-District 44B), said that the only cure to Minnesota's budget issues is to find more revenue and invest in students and school. 

“With a $1.1 billion deficit, $1.1 billion owed to schools, class sizes at 47th in the nation, kids of color graduating at half the rate of white students,  college and university funding at 1998 levels and student debt piling up, Minnesota’s budget is in tatters and we’re not investing in future prosperity," Winkler said in a press release. "We can’t fix these problems without more revenue."

Winkler said the budget forecast shows that Minnesota will spend less on government in 2015 than it did in 1991.

"We need to continue making government more efficient and accountable," Winkler said, "but we cannot afford to turn away from the investments in human capital that will make our state thrive in the decades to come."

Bill Levine December 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Not what most of us want to hear! Granted, more revenue would greatly help, but to say that the "only" cure for our achievement gap and our ailing schools is: Winkler said in a press release. "We can’t fix these problems without more revenue." Well..I am not sure I agree with this! Throwing more money at education will not solve the achievement gap! Until you get parents on board with their children's education, regardless of demographic, those children will be at a disadvantage.

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