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Published May 03, 2013, 04:31 PM

Increase K-12 state aid is shot down

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A flurry of behind the scenes activity in Bismarck, after a major reversal of K-12 funding package.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A flurry of behind the scenes activity in Bismarck, after a major reversal of K-12 funding package.

This morning, house lawmakers defeated governor Jack Darlrymple’s proposal to increase K-12 state aid while providing about 714,000,000 in property tax relief.

Lawmakers argued over whether the bill had the right provisions to provide property tax relief.

The vote tallied 46 to 46 with two not voting, it needed 48 votes to pass.

Rep. Kim Koppelman- (R) West Fargo: "There's no guarantee that it's going to give the kind of relief, meaning taxpayers paying less dollars, that many of us hope it will"

Rep. Al Carlson- (R) Fargo: "I'm not going to support this bill. There's an alternative and don't tell me it's too late in the session cause this is the way it always goes.”

Moments after the vote, Democratic leaders called on Representative Carlson to "reverse course before further damage is done."

It's day 80 of the legislative session, making it the longest in modern state history.

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