Dayton floats extra K-12 funding in sprint to budget deal

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota schools may get extra money from the state's final budget deal.

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he'd like to give a 2-percent bump to the per-pupil funding formula for K-12 schools in each of the next two years. That's more than double what was passed in the GOP-controlled House. Senate Democrats proposed 1 percent increases for the next two years.

The governor's comments come as he and top lawmakers try to hash out a budget deal ahead of the May 18 adjournment date.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk say they're open to increasing school funding. But Daudt says he needs to how that extra funding would be covered.

Dayton says the additional money shouldn't nix his idea to implement preschool statewide. Lawmakers have been cool to that proposal.

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