Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Conference Committee Begins. The 2007 E-12 Conference Committee kicks off this afternoon at 1 PM (a mere half hour from now). It appears that the first day will be dedicated to outlining parameters of the conference committee discussion.

The members of the conference committee were named yesterday. They are as follows:


Senator Tarryl Clark (DFL-St. Cloud)
Senatolr Chuck Wiger (DFL-North St. Paul)
Senator Kathy Saltzman (DFL-Woodbury)
Senator Sandy Rummel (DFL-White Bear Lake)
Senator Gen Olson (R-Minnetrista)

Please note that Senate E-12 Education Committee Chairman LeRoy Stumpf (DFL-Plummer) is not a member of the conference committee. Senator Stumpf recently underwent medical tests that revealed heart-related surgery is necessary. The surgery will take place within the next two weeks. Full recovery is expected, but he will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.


Representative Mindy Greiling (DFL-Roseville)
Representative Carlos Mariani (DFL-St. Paul)
Representative Nora Slawik (DFL-Maplewood)
Representative Patty Fritz (DFL-Faribault)
Representative Bud Heidgerken (R-Freeport)

Please check back regularly, as I will update the blog at least once a day and probably more than that as the proceedings quicken.

UPDATE: The confererence committee adjourned today after a meeting of about two hours. The bulk of the time was used to discuss the level of budget target that both sets of conferees believe is necessary to put together a balanced bill that truly meets the needs of Minnesota's school districts. It was decided that the conferees will ask legislative leadership for a target in the neighborhood of $950 million. Of course, increased income taxes would be needed to generate the revenue necessary for a budget target of this magnitude.

Legislative leadership will be setting the budget targets for each of the conference committees on Friday, April 27.

The Senate holds the gavel for tomorrow's conference committee meeting and have decided that a discussion of the Senate's special education funding provisions will be the order of the day. The conference committee will begin meeting at 1 PM in Room 112 of the State Capitol.

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