ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Senate Republican leaders say a proposal to use tax credits to funnel donations into scholarships for low- and middle-income students to attend private schools is a priority for them. And they’re hoping to make it the subject of negotiations with Democrat Gov. Tim Walz and House Democratic leaders late in the session.

Senate Taxes Chairman Roger Chamberlain is making another run at passing the proposal, which was dropped in 2017 amid a veto threat by then-Gov. Mark Dayton.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said at a news conference Tuesday that Walz has made lots of proposals Republicans don’t support. But he says end-of-session negotiations involve give and take.

The Minnesota School Boards Association and the teachers union Education Minnesota oppose the bill, saying it would divert resources from public schools.

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