Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Association of Metropolitan School Districts

Every week, Executive Director Scott Croonquist updates members with information on the legislature, relevant events and current news.

Association of Metropolitan School Districts Update


April 27, 2017



Budget Negotiations Proceed Slowly


Press conferences over the past couple of days offer a glimpse at some of the areas of disagreement between House and Senate leadership and Governor Dayton. Below are links to a House Republican press conference highlighting their support for early learning scholarships and a press conference by the Governor covering a number of issues including his firm opposition to private school vouchers:


Governor Dayton press conference


House Republican press conference


The disagreements are not only over fiscal and policy issues, but also over the legislative process. The Governor wants the House and Senate to resolve the significant differences – both fiscal and policy – between their respective budget bills before negotiating an overall budget framework for the 2018-19 biennial budget. The freshmen Republican Senators weighed in with their own letter to the Governor and legislative letters. (see attached)


While an agreement has not yet been reached related to the negotiations process, House and Senate leadership are reportedly discussing budget targets and decisions could be coming soon. Please contact House and Senate leaders and your local legislators ASAP to urge them to match the E-12 spending target proposed by the Governor — $705 million. I am attaching a copy of the letters I sent to the members of the E-12 and Tax conference committee outlining AMSD’s priorities for your information.


Time is of the essence — please make your voice heard today!


You can find contact information for legislative leadership, AMSD’s session priorities and much more on the AMSD website:



Upcoming Meetings


Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 8:30 AM

Conference Committee on H.F. 890

Chairs: Sen. Carla J. Nelson and Rep. Jenifer Loon

8:30 a.m.

Room 200 State Office Bldg.

Agenda: H.F. 890-Nelson: Omnibus E-12 education appropriations bill.


NOTE: You can watch a live webcast of the E-12 conference committee meeting using this link:



Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 1:00 PM

Conference Committee on S.F. 2214

Chairs: Sen. Michelle L. Fischbach and Rep. Bud Nornes

1 p.m.

Room 123 Capitol

Agenda: S.F. 2214-Fischbach: Omnibus higher education appropriations and policy bill.

The committee will adopt same and similar provisions and some policy/budget items.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement

5:30 PM

Room:  1200 MN Senate Bldg.

Chair:  Sen. Julie A. Rosen

Agenda: TBA


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement

5:30 PM

Room:  1200 MN Senate Bldg.

Chair:  Sen. Julie A. Rosen

Agenda:  Final action on the 2017 Omnibus Pension Bill


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