MN GOP The Real Deadbeat On School Debt Says DFL By Jacob Wheeler | April 3, 2012 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Education Subscribe to Education Click Photo to View Debate About Paying Back Minnesota Schools Click Photo to View Debate About Paying Back Minnesota Schools Is taking money from the state’s reserves to pay back schools when Minnesota is facing a predicted deficit next biennium a wise move? Representative Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) says you should pay debt when you have the cash. Representative Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) says the K-12 “shift” repayment will weaken the state and still leave it owing schools two billion dollars. The bill passed both the House and the Senate today. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.