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Posted: 2009-03-19 00:00:00
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NEWS RELEASE

REP. GUNTHER SAYS SENATE DFL BUDGET DOES NOT PRIORITIZE LOCAL SCHOOLS


ST. PAUL – State Representative Bob Gunther (R-Fairmont) said he was shocked by the proposal being presented by Minnesota Senate Democrats that would balance Minnesota’s budget.

Gunther said he is upset that Senate Democrats want to raise taxes on Minnesotans by $4 billion over the next four years, and cut K-12 education funding by seven percent.

“I’m outraged by some of these ideas,” Gunther said. “What makes Minnesota great is our education system. It’s not out of line to suggest that if these education cuts became law, it could put several schools in District 24A out of business.”

Gunther noted that in 2003, when Republicans controlled the House and faced a $4.5 billion budget deficit, state funding to local schools was not cut. In fact, Gunther said that year’s revenue check was actually much larger than the previous year.

“If you combine the Democrat’s seven percent cut with declining enrollment, our local school districts are in serious jeopardy,” Gunther said. “I hope Education Minnesota members and every teacher contacts Senate Majority Leader Larry Pogemiller to tell him exactly how these education cuts affect rural Minnesota.”

If you’d like to contact Senator Pogemiller to share your feelings about the Senate Democrat budget proposal, he can be reached at 651-296-7809.

Gunther said House Democrats are scheduled to release their budget plans in the coming days, and he is hopeful their proposal will be much more sensitive to the funding needs of local schools.

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