AUDIO: House Majority Leader says state needs to ramp up funding for schools

As the Bemidji Area School board looks to make hefty cuts to their budget, House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says the state needs to do more.

Superintendent Tim Lutz mentioned in his presentation that the two percent per-pupil funding formula increases granted to schools each biennium hardly keeps up with inflation, which Winkler says needs to be changed.

Winkler is a Bemidji High School graduate of 2004, and now represents Golden Valley.

Listen to the full interview with Winkler here:


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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