Local reaction to Gov. Walz’s education budget proposal

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(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced his education budget proposal Tuesday. Local legislators from the other side of the aisle say it misses the mark.

The state’s budget director says the proposal would come out to around $12 billion.

Walz’s proposal includes updating the general education funding formula to keep up with inflation $1 billion in childcare tax credits, and universal free school meals.

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Republican lawmaker Patricia Mueller (R- Austin) says the proposal doesn’t empower families to choose what’s best for their child, and it doesn’t empower school boards to spend money in the way their individual district needs.

“This thing is full of mandates, full of bureaucracy, full of regulation, and it takes away more control from our parents and our local school boards,” Mueller said as she reacted to the initial proposal.

Walz is expected to release the rest of his budget throughout the next two weeks.