GOP lawmakers take aim at Minnesota school levies

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Sep 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers say they are planning an unprecedented campaign against Minnesota school districts seeking voter-approved tax increases this fall. 

While state lawmakers traditionally stay out of local levy decisions, some Republicans say it's time to speak out against schools pleading poverty.


The chairman of the House Finance Committee, Rep. Patrick Garofalo, is reminding districts that they just received a boost in state funding, including another $50 per pupil.


The Republican from Farmington says he plans to be very vocal about districts he says are abusing the process when it comes to levy votes. He expects other Republican lawmakers to join him.


The latest information from the Minnesota School Boards Association shows about a third of Minnesota districts plan levy elections in November.

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