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Standalone finance bill defeated (vetoed)

Published (5/30/2008)
By Thomas Hammell
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A standalone education finance bill was vetoed by the governor, though the provisions came back as part of the omnibus supplemental budget bill during final negotiations.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty cited the funding source of a one-time, $51 per pupil unit increase for districts as a reason for his veto. The money would have come from a temporary freeze in the Quality Compensation for Teachers (Q Comp) program.

A nearly identical set of provisions was added to HF1812*/SF1475, the omnibus supplemental budget law, in the waning hours of the session.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville) and Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka).


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