$485 million in Education funding

As the legislative session wraps up, both the Minnesota House and the Senate finalized the K-12 education funding bill.

Here are the highlights:

  • increases funding for early childhood education and K-12 schools by $485 million.
  • provides funding for all-day kindergarten for all schools in the state ($130 million).
  • provides a 1.5 percent increase on the per pupil formula (an increase of $234 million over the next two years).
  • increases special education funding by $40 million.

To read more click here.

Voter turnout: A look at the 2012 Election

Once again Minnesota was number one in the country in voter turnout as it has been for eight of the last nine national elections.  76.1% of eligible Minnesotan voters turned up to the polls.  Not bad compared to the 59% national average.

Voter turnout

If you love data, take a look at Nonprofit Vote‘s 2012 Election recap. The extensive report covers everything from early voting stats to youth voting turnout.

Get to Know the 2013-2014 Minnesota Legislature

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The new Minnesota Legislature will convene in only 55 days, on January 8, 2013. Who will serve in the 2013-2014 session? Get to know them by downloading the 2012 Election Directory put together by legislature staff.

In the House, the DFL will have a 73-61 majority. Of those elected, 31 percent are new to the House. In the Senate, where the DFL will hold a 39-28 majority, 30 percent are new members

Last week, new legislative leaders were selected.  The Speaker of the House will be Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Minneapolis) and the Minority Leader will be Rep. Kurt Daudt (GOP-Crown). In the Senate, Sen. Tom Bakk (DFL- Cook) will serve as Majority Leader, Sen. Sandra Pappas (DFL-St. Paul) as Senate President, and Sen. David Hann (GOP – Eden Prairie) as Minority Leader.

**Information from the Minnesota Council of NonProfits Legislative Update email.**

Voting in Minnesota FAQ

Here are some facts for Minnesota Voters.  Tomorrow is the day, exercise your right to vote!

•You can register or update your registration on Election Day by providing a proof of residence.

• Most polling places open at 7am, but all polling places close at 8pm. If you are in line outside your polling place by 8pm on election night, you will still be allowed to vote. Those arriving after 8pm will not be allowed to vote. Check your poll location using this link: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

• MN residents can take time off from their jobs for the purpose of voting without penalties or reductions in their pay, personal leave, or vacation time. Visit the following website for the Minnesota Voter’s Bill of rights:http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1603

• Not voting on a constitutional amendment is the same as voting NO. Constitutional amendments by law must be passed by a majority of all the voters who vote on Election Day.

• If you vote in only one race and decide to leave all others blank, your vote will still be counted.

What happens to the Minnesota political landscape after the election?

Due to a large number of retirements and redistricting, we know the 2013 Minnesota legislature will look very different.  Join Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and get a first look at the political makeup of the 88th Session of the Minnesota Legislature.

Date: Nov 7, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM                                                                                         Where: Wilder Center Community Meeting Space                                                                           451 Lexington Parkway N, St. Paul, MN

Click here for more information: http://www.minnesotanonprofits.org/events/2012/11/07/polls-are-closed-what-happened-and-what-it-means-for-2013

Presidential Debate Schedule

October 3, 2012 President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Topic: Domestic policy  Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)

The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.

October 11, 2012 Vice Presidential Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan Topic: Foreign and domestic policy  Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.

October 16, 2012 President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

October 22, 2012 President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Topic: Foreign policy Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets) Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates

Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

This information was taken from http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com