Minnesota schools are receiving catch-up payments from the state, which had been partially delaying allowances to ease prior budget shortfalls. A memo from the Minnesota Management and Budget agency says schools are back on their regular payment schedules as of Tuesday.
About $636 million in back pay from state government is coming to Minnesota public schools.
Gov. Mark Dayton is willing to wait rather than take action to quickly deliver $800 million in back pay to Minnesota schools.
Minnesota lawmakers discussing state IOUs to public schools are hearing from education groups that the catch-up payments shouldn’t be the priority.
The first batch of bills in the Minnesota House will attempt to whittle away at state IOUs to schools, give more property taxpayers rebates, install a health care insurance exchange and prop up investment grant programs.