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Dayton Threatens Veto, Call For Special Session on Education Funding

The education spending fight between Gov. Mark Dayton and House Republicans spilled past the end of the legislative session Tuesday, promising to escalate into weeks of partisan combat over how best to use the state’s projected $2 billion budget surplus

Dayton said Tuesday he would veto $17 billion in education spending as soon as the bill containing it lands on his desk, and will call a special legislative session once he and House Republicans can settle a standoff over how much money to spend on schools. Dayton wanted a bigger education spending increase than what lawmakers approved Monday, with a special emphasis on early learners, and he framed the dispute as a choice between spending the surplus on children vs. leaving about $1 billion of it unspent with an eye toward major tax cuts next year.