Los últimos proyectos de ley ómnibus demostraron concesiones de ambos partidos principales, pero estaban "orientados a llegar a ciertas circunscripciones electorales o al servicio de intereses especiales,"dijo, pointing the finger at both sides of the aisle.
The session began Jan. 3 and ended May 22, but legislators went into a special session to finalize omnibus spending bills, finishing the session’s work at 3 a. m.. Mayo 26. The final budget bills — which Gov. Mark Dayton signed May 30 — included some funds that support MCC-backed policies, but not the school choice tax credits that MCC made its No. 1 priority for the session.
The Opportunity Tax Credit Scholarship bill aimed at helping families afford nonpublic school tuition made it to a budget bill Dayton vetoed mid-May, but it was omitted in the final compromise bill.
The legislation “was certainly an important goal of Republican leaders, but in the end not a must-have,"Adkins dijo. “Senate Republican leadership preferred to get things done on time and not fight for it if it would break a compromise, and Republican leadership would have rather had tax credits for tobacco companies and the estates of multi-millionaires. Those special interests took precedence over the needs of low- y las familias de ingresos medios. … And that’s just frankly sad.”