- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A top House Republican says lawmakers offered another $100 million for public schools in an effort to head off Gov. Mark Dayton’s looming veto on an education budget.

Rep. Jenifer Loon was involved in last-minute negotiations Monday with the governor’s staff as the session’s deadline approached. Dayton has promised to veto the Legislature’s education budget, teeing up a likely special session.

That budget puts another $400 million into public school funding but doesn’t include money for the governor’s prized statewide preschool program.

Loon says they offered to bump the budget up to $500 million to boost the state’s per-pupil funding formula and eliminate Head Start program wait lists.

Dayton’s spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.

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