Knoblach: Funding for All Day Pre-K ‘Not Going to Happen’
ST. CLOUD - The battle over education for four-year-olds has both sides digging in their heals. Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed the Education bill, because it didn't include funding for statewide all-day Pre-K.
Republican Jim Knoblach is the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. He says that's just not going to happen.
Knoblach says the bill the Governor vetoed did have money for early learning scholarships for school readiness.
The two sides will have to figure out a compromise by June 30th to avoid a partial state government shutdown.
Meanwhile, now that we know there's going to be a special session of the Minnesota State Legislature, the door is open for more spending on transportation projects. Knoblach says he's open to negotiations, as long as the gas tax proposal is taken off the table.
There's about $1 billion in state surplus money that hasn't been spent yet. Knoblach says he's open to spending some of that money on transportation projects.