Battle lines over the state’s 7.7-billion-dollar budget surplus will be even sharper when Senate Republicans roll out their priorities for the upcoming 2022 legislative session this morning (11am).  Yesterday House Democrats sent strong signals about using billions of the surplus to increase funding for child care and early learning, K-12 and higher education.  House Speaker Melissa Hortman says D-F-Lers compromised with Republicans on the budget last year, lower than they would have liked to:

“Democrats fought for more investment in education and workforce training, and our compromise budget came up short.  Now we have an opportunity to go back and add in those places.”

Senate Republicans’ education point-man, Lino Lakes Senator Roger Chamberlain says “throwing more money into schools without addressing literacy and allowing kids and educators to catch up is the wrong direction.”