The Senate passed the bill Sunday by a vote of 41-26. The House signed off on the bill hours earlier in a 2 a.m. vote on Sunday. Dayton is expected to sign it. Chief House author, DFL Representative Paul Marquart, said the goal was to put kids on the path to the world's best workforce.
The $15.7 billion budget bill amounts to more than 40 percent of total state spending in the next two years. It increases per-student payments to districts by $78 next year and another $80 the year after that. It also funds all-day kindergarten statewide and has more money for early learning grants for lower-income families.