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MN Governor to present school safety plan

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton

GOP-led legislature indicates it's willing to cooperate.

Posted: Mar. 6, 2018 5:01 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is ready to lay out his plan to fund safety and security improvements in schools across Minnesota.

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The Democratic governor was expected to release his plan Wednesday. It's likely to include funding to help schools cover costs, but could also be paired with a push to change the state's gun laws.

School safety measures are a rare shared priority with the Republican-controlled Legislature after last month's deadly school shooting in Florida. Lawmakers have suggested they'll create a new fund or repurpose existing funding sources to help schools pay for security improvements.

Dayton and the Legislature could use a modest budget surplus for the funding. The state projects a $329 million surplus for the remainder of the state's budget cycle.

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