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Education Finance

EIGHTEENTH MEETING

2023-2024 Regular Session - Tuesday, February 21, 2023

STATE OF MINNESOTA
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
EIGHTEENTH MEETING
NINETY-THIRD SESSION



EDUCATION FINANCE COMMITTEE MINUTES

Representative Cheryl Youakim, Chair of the Education Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 10:33 AM on February 21, 2023, in Room 120 of the Capitol Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistance noted the roll.

Present:
YOUAKIM, Cheryl, Chair
CLARDY, Mary Frances, Vice Chair
KRESHA, Ron, Minority Lead
ANDERSON, Patti
ALTENDORF, Pam
BAKEBERG, Ben
BENNETT, Peggy
EDELSON, Heather
GREENMAN, Emma
HILL, Josiah
HUDELLA, Shane
KNUDSEN, Krista
JORDAN, Sydney
PEREZ-VEGA, María Isa
PRYOR, Laurie
PURSELL, Kristi
REHM, Lucy
SENCER-MURA, Samantha
WEST, Nolan


A quorum was present.

Representative Pryor moved that the minutes from February 16, 2023, with a technical correction, be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 112 (Pryor) Physical Education standards review delayed.

Representative Pryor moved HF 112 before the committee.

Representative Pryor presented HF 112.

Testifiers:
• Adosh Unni, Director of Government Relations, Minnesota Department of Education

Representative Pryor moved that HF 112 be referred to the Ways and Means Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

House Research presented an overview of Equalization revenue.

HF 1396 (Hemmingsen-Jaeger) Equalization aid increased for debt service equalization program, property tax levies decreased, and money appropriated.

Representative Pryor moved HF 1369 before the committee.

Representative Hemmingsen-Jaeger presented HF 1369.

Testifiers:
• Dan Pyan, Business Manager, Independent School District (ISD) 833, South Washington County
Representative Pryor moved that HF 1396 be referred to the Taxes Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Vice Chair Clardy assumed the gavel.

HF 879 (Youakim) Local optional revenue increased, future increases in local optional revenue linked to the growth in general education basic formula allowance and money appropriated.

Chair Youakim moved HF 879 before the committee.

Chair Youakim moved the A2 amendment before the committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED. THE AMENDEMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Chair Youakim presented HF 879 as amended.

Testifiers:
• Paul Bourgeois, Director of Operations and Finance, Minnetonka School Board
• Anne-Marie Foucalt, Superintendent, St. Michael-Albertville

Chair Youakim moved that HF 879 as amended be referred to the Taxes Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF 1271(Youakim) Operating referendum program equalization aid increased, property tax levies decrease, and money appropriated.

Chair Youakim moved HF 1271 before the committee.

Chair Youakim presented HF 1271.

Testifiers:
• Dr. Scott Theilman, Superintendent, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools

Chair Youakim moved that HF 1271 be referred to the Taxes Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Chair Youakim re-assumed the gavel.

HF 1457 (Pursell) Allowed uses of long-term facilities maintenance revenue and capital levies clarified.

Representative Pursell moved HF 1457 before the committee.

Representative Pursell presented HF 1457.

Testifiers:
• Randy Erdman, Director of Finance, Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative
• Deb Marcotte, Executive Director, Hiawatha Valley Education District
• Sam Walseth, Lobbyist, Minnesota Rural Education Association

Chair Youakim moved that HF 1457 be laid over for possible inclusion in the Education Finance omnibus bill. The bill was laid over.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:57 AM.


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Representative Cheryl Youakim, Chair


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Shamat Abraha, Committee Legislative Assistant
More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF0112 (Pryor) - Review of physical education standards delayed.
  • HF1271 (Youakim) - Operating referendum program equalization aid increased, property tax levies decreased, and money appropriated.
  • HF0879 (Youakim) - Local optional revenue increased, future increases in local optional revenue linked to the growth in general education basic formula allowance, and money appropriated.
  • HF1396 (Hemmingsen-Jaeger) - Equalization aid increased for debt service equalization program, property tax levies decreased, and money appropriated.
  • HF1457 (Pursell) - Allowed uses of long-term facilities maintenance revenue and capital levies clarified.
House TV Video:
View Archive

00:54 - HF112 (Pryor) Physical education standards review delayed.
06:45 - Overview on equalization.
15:28 - HF1396 (Hemmingsen-Jaeger) Equalization aid increased for debt service equalization program, property tax levies decreased, and money appropriated.
23:16 - HF879 (Youakim) Local optional revenue increased, future increases in local optional revenue liked to the growth in general education basic formula allowance, and money appropriated.
42:56 - HF1271 (Youakim) Operating referendum program equalization aid increased, property tax levies decreased, and money appropriated.
1:01:50 - HF1457 (Pursell) Allowed uses of long-term facilities maintenance revenue and capital levies clarified.
1:21:12 - Further consideration of HF1271 (Youakim).
Runs 1 hour, 24 minutes.


Approval of the Minutes from February 16th, 2023
HF 112 (Pryor) Physical education standards review delayed.
Overview on Equalization
HF 1271 (Youakim) Operating referendum program equalization aid increased, property tax levies decreased, and money appropriated.
HF 879 (Youakim) Local optional revenue increased, future increases in local optional revenue liked to the growth in general education basic formula allowance, and money appropriated.
HF 1396 (Hemmingsen-Jaeger) Equalization aid increased for debt service equalization program, property tax levies decreased, and money appropriated.
HF 1457 (Pursell) Allowed uses of long-term facilities maintenance revenue and capital levies clarified.

Agenda items may be added or changed.

Notes:
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Public Testimony:
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