State lawmakers are taking a closer look at the $500 million one-time spending education plan DFLers rolled out earlier this session. At a committee meeting Thursday, Republican Representative Josh Heintzman of Nisswa questioned why the funding isn’t more long-term…

“I think that that should raise a lot of question marks for Minnesotans as they wonder what is happening in St. Paul and what the DFL’s priorities are.”

DFL Representative Carlie Kotzya-Witthuhn admitted the bill is not “the be-all and end-all” and called it a “down payment” on the state’s youngest learners…”

“I think it’s hard for me to stomach that my friends across the aisle would question the DFL’s commitment to our youngest Minnesotans and their families when not one of them will sign on to this bill.”

The package of bills aims to close opportunity gaps for students and funds short-term learning scholarships, childcare assistance, and voluntary pre-k.