The good news is that the State of Minnesota has a budget for the current biennium, ending in July of 2011. The bad news is that the State of Minnesota has a budget for the biennium – but not one second beyond. A lot has been written about this budget for the news, much of it about as imprecise as we can expect in the flurry of nooze that accompanies the end of a session (and the encore “special” session, make of the quotes what you want). Yet in all that has been written little attention has been paid to what it means, especially to the recipient of the largest hit, education.
I’m going to do my best to summarize. Please, if I get anything wrong, wail on me.