Negotiators for the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House and the Republican-controlled Senate are trading offers as they try to agree on the state E-12 education budget.  We asked lead Democrat Jim Davnie from Minneapolis, will they get a deal before the end-of-June deadline?

“At the rate that the Senate is moving and engaging across policy areas, I’m not optimistic.”

Lead Republican Roger Chamberlain from Lino Lakes says G-O-P lawmakers offered the largest increase in 15 years for public school funding:

“I don’t know why anybody would want to walk away from this — I just don’t.  This is what the educators wanted.”

Among the controversial areas:    Republicans’ plan for Education Savings Accounts, which Democrats criticize as school vouchers.