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.
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.
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.
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.**
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.
Glance at your ballot before you head to the polls. It’s good to make sure you know who and what you are voting for and it could speed up your time in the voting booth.
Head here to quickly look up your ballot.
Prepare yourself for election day by finding your polling place. Maybe you have moved or were part of redistricting, check to make sure you show up at the right place on November 6th.
Click here to quickly find your polling location.
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
Tonight’s Presidential debate is on domestic policy. Brush up on Obama and Romney’s previous messaging on education. Then, tune in tonight to see what they have to say. Click here for a MinnPost article comparing the two.