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Big votes on the education bill

Posted at 7:27 PM on May 13, 2008 by Michael Marchio (1 Comments)

The Senate has started meeting, and Minority Leader Senjem said this is the moment when the session can go one way or the other, and he thinks its going to go the way they don't want. He said this is headed for a veto. Majority Leader Pogemiller said that should make debate quick if they're sure it's headed for a veto.

The House voted on the education finance bill, and approved it 97-35. A groan came out of the Republican side of the chamber when the totals popped up on the big board. The Commish couldn't tell which Republicans crossed over to vote for this one, but I'll have the VoteTracker up for you tomorrow.

There's more at play here than just education funding though. Going into an election year, this could be a tough one to oppose, because it provides $20 million in additional money for schools, and no one wants to look anti-school. Interpid MPR reporter Tom Scheck wrote earlier on Polinaut that the governor called the speaker before the House recessed to delay a vote on the bill.

To be clear, I'm not suggesting that those who opposed the bill are anti-education, or that anyone would support it for only political political reasons. A more nuanced look would show that increased money is one-time only, and that an increase in spending anywhere during a deficit, especially when some cuts look like they'll be pretty draconian, might be inappropriate. And some of the most vocal education supporters in the Legislature, like Rep. Abeler, voted against it. But campaign literature from their opponents this November likely won't be so nuanced.

The Senate just voted too, and it came out 55-10 for it. Youch! If the governor does veto this, those margins are big enough for our second override of the session.


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