Last-minute political fog

St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press: Minnesota’s new $15.6 billion education funding bill includes a provision that allows control of some local dollars to shift from voters to school boards.

It’s among measures that got little exposure in the flurry of last-minute, end-of-session deal-making that left Minnesotans with $2.1 billion in visible tax increases. Reporters’ work in recent weeks has begun the public discussion that should have happened before passage of this — and several other key measures from the DFL-dominated Legislature.

Under the new school legislation, metro districts can convert up to $724 per pupil of voter-approved taxes, the Pioneer Press’ Christopher Magan reported. The conversion won’t immediately give many districts more money or result in immediate tax increases for all property owners. But in most cases, voters will not be able to undo some funding they approved in the past.

In St. Paul, residents might get to revisit only a portion of their public school district’s roughly $840 per pupil operating levy when it comes up for renewal in seven years, the Pioneer Press’ Mila Koumpilova reported.

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