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ND Senate Approves Education Bill

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The North Dakota Senate has approved increased funding for K-12 schools which will also mean significant reductions in property taxes.

The $1.2 billion bill has $700 million going into property tax relief.

The bill is a new way of funding schools, which will mean less money coming from local governments.

Senator Tim Flakoll says the state will fund 80% of the cost of education.

And a $200,000 home will see a $1,200 reduction in property taxes.

The bill also raises the minimum teacher salary to $27,500.

An attempt to increase the minimum to $32,000 failed.

The bill now goes to the House for it's review.

Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee is being pressured to make changes to a bill that includes funding for the Fargo flood control project.

President Obama did not include money in his budget for the Fargo diversion.

As it stands now, the bill says the state will chip in only if the federal government is financially committed.

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