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Dooher applauds shift payback, but says state must fix structural problems with budget

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ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 5, 2012 -- Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher applauded the good news in the budget forecast released Wednesday, but said it didn’t tell the whole story of the state’s financial situation.

“After a decade of underfunding, Minnesota schools will certainly appreciate the $1.3 billion payback of the state’s IOU, which is required by law,” Dooher said. “However, our concerns about the state budget go well beyond the unpaid shift.

“The state needs to find the revenue to fix the structural problems with its budget so it can get back to funding our schools in a way that’s equitable and sufficient for all students,” Dooher said.

“The responsible next step is to create a system of school funding that will guarantee that our students have the resources they need to be successful today and into the future,” he said.

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