Minn. Lawmaker Calls For Restrictions On Levy Votes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The chairman of the Minnesota House Education Finance Committee is proposing to restrict votes on school levies to even-numbered years, when history shows they are less likely to be approved.

Rep. Patrick Garofalo, R-Farmington, described his bill Wednesday. It comes less than a week before about a third of Minnesota school districts go to their voters for more money on Tuesday.

Voter turnout is almost always higher on even-numbered years, when races for state and federal offices are on the ballot. Garofalo says school levy votes deserve the attention of more voters.

The Minnesota School Boards Association opposes the proposal, saying that voters in odd-year elections are better informed because they aren’t caught up in partisan races for Congress and the White House.

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  • G Dog

    What a moron.

    • Tom

      @ G Dog

      I agree!

  • me

    How about a MAXIMUM of one request every 4 years … they can have it even or odd year; but only once every 4 … they don’t get to keep coming back and back and back and …

    • I'll vote for that!

      I like that! I’m tired of the schools putting referendums up every six months until they get them passed by a couple of votes.

  • Molly

    It’s about time!
    Enough is enough from these overpaid indoctrinators!!

  • Tom

    If the school were not letting the people vote on this stuff then you would be upset about that. But now people are complaining about having to vote more often. There are just some people you just can’t please!

    • All that's asked is "be fair."

      You’re missing the point. The objection is the school puts up a referendum. The voters say “no.” Six months later the school puts up the same referendum. Again the voters say “no.”

      Six months later, same thing. Again and again until a “yes” squeaks by with just a few votes.

      The “no” vote keeps getting recycled until it turns into a “yes” vote while a “yes” vote stays in place for however long was stated in the referendum.

      So, the point is simply this: Be fair about it.

      • Citizen

        @All. Exactly! Well said.

  • GOP = chumps

    Looks like more republican dirty tricks, So what else is new?

    • bevis

      What would you do with a brain if you had one?

  • Jake

    Really? The best argument people can make is that it is a “dirty trick” to have more people voting on school levies? Imagine the outcry on the left if there was a vote with a conservative bias purposefully put to the public in a way to ensure a tiny voter turnout. Jefferson would be so proud. The only reason the levy votes happen on odd-numbered years is because voter turnout is so low that people who stand to gain from the levies dictate the outcome.

    Hey, School Boards Association: Is voter turnout a small fraction of what it would be in a regular election because people are “better informed”? Of course not. Have the guts to admit what you’re doing.

  • Daryl

    Terrific idea! Or they can pay for the cost of special, unneeded odd year elections.

    My school district is using taxpayer money to push a levy increase. Seems wrong to me to use taxpayer money to campaign for a tax increase while those opposed have to raise private funds to oppose it.

    My school district also put a levy on the ballot every year for 6 years until it passed during an odd year. So yes, they should limit frequency, too.

  • Adam

    Wouldn’t need them if the state would fund the schools, and make wise choices like teaching to kids that are capable of actually learning. Sorry but some children will be left behind no matter what you do. Special Education is becoming the largest part of a school budget…

  • Murph

    GOP plan…who needs teachers ? ,who needs books ?,just send your tax dollars to the richest crooks! Vote GOP.the Go On & Pout congressmen and POTUS candidates that everyone is sick of and would rather see their butts on the way out!

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