“The Education Finance Working Group, a task force appointed by the Minnesota Department of Education, has proposed lessening school districts’ reliance on taxpayer-approved levies to a more equitable statewide levy.
“If a statewide levy sounds familiar, it should. The task force’s proposal is essentially a return to the ‘Minnesota Miracle,’ the funding mechanism that supported state education from 1971 until it was gradually dismantled as part of property-tax reform during the administrations of Gov. Jesse Ventura and Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Returning to a statewide levy, the task force says, will help schools keep up with inflation and minimize the funding gaps that prompted districts to put local levies on the ballot,” via Post Bulletin.