State Rep. Eric Lucero, R-St. Michael, addresses the House of Representatives during debate of an omnibus education bill Wednesday, April 27, at the Capitol in St. Paul.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – State Rep. Eric Lucero, R-St. Michael, offered a school aid equalization tax relief amendment to the K-12 education supplemental funding bill that was debated on the House Floor Wednesday.
“The consequence of our community having less commercial and industrial developments and tax base than communities closer to the metro area is the tax burden to fund schools falls more heavily upon residential homeowners,” Lucero said. “I offered my levy equalization amendment to the K-12 education funding bill to bring much needed property tax relief to homeowners and to help reduce the disparities in educational opportunities for students simply based upon where they live.”
The Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose, Rockford, and Monticello School Districts are among the many school districts that receive significantly less per pupil funding than metro and suburban area schools. STMA for example ranks 325 out of 327 in per pupil funding among school districts statewide.
“As a former educator myself, I'm a strong believer of ensuring the highest quality education for our children,” Lucero said. “Hardworking families are being crushed with high taxes and inflation and I’m incredibly frustrated the Democrat House majority opposed and defeated my amendment that would have worked to achieve greater equity.”
By a vote of 60 in favor and 69 opposed, Lucero’s levy equalization amendment was defeated.