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Minnesota Reps. Mary Franson of Alexandria and Bud Nornes of Fergus Falls talk on Tuesday, April 23 before debate begins on an education finance bill. (Photo by Don Davis, Forum News Service)

Education bill about more than education

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ST. PAUL -- A debate about education funding goes beyond helping individual students: There is widespread agreement that a better education system would help the economy.


However, there is less agreement about how to achieve those improvements.

Representative Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, tied the economy and education together Tuesday as the Minnesota House voted 83-50 to approve a $15.7 billion, two-year funding bill for schools.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.