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The following are summaries of governors' budget requests for precollegiate education and highlights of proposals that rank high on the states' education agendas.

MINNESOTA

Governor: Arne Carlson (R)

FY 1993 proposed state budget: $7.67 billion
FY 1993 proposed K-12 budget: $2.16 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $2.21 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: -2.3 percent

Highlights

  • Governor says education spending across the state would actually remain level under his spending plan, because local school districts will be allowed to count $178 million more in local property taxes in the 1993 budget year. He also plans to set aside $300,000 to defray any borrowing costs districts incur under the new accounting procedure.
  • Plan calls for $1 million more in state spending on Head Start programs.
  • Budget includes $2.1 million to help districts service debts on new school construction.

NEW JERSEY

Governor: James J. Florio (D)

FY 1993 proposed state budget: $15.7 billion
FY 1993 proposed K-12 budget: $4.61 billion
FY 1992 K-12 budget: $4.46 billion
Percent change K-12 budget: +3.4 percent

Highlights

  • Governor has proposed adding $341 million to state aid for middle-income school districts, while Republican majority in Assembly would shift some funds from poor, urban districts to middle-income ones.
  • Governor has also proposed helping college students from middle-income families with low-interest loans.
  • Governor has called on legislature to adopt an initiative and referendum process. Republican leaders favor such a system, despite concerns of some educators that it could impact negatively on education funding.

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