Minnesota Schools to lose more than $200 Million because of Obamacare
ST. PAUL – State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) said the wasteful spending on Obamacare that has left many taxpayers outraged will soon be making a significant impact on Minnesota’s schools.
According to documents released by Minnesota’s Management and Budget (MMB) office, over the next three years, the total unfunded costs associated with Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance will cost school districts statewide at least $207.96 million.
“This is troubling news for our schools,” Torkelson said. “This is $200 million that school districts won’t be able to use to hire more teachers or improve their educational programs. This is an unneeded expense that does absolutely nothing for our students.”
MMB collected its data by sampling a cross section of urban, metro and rural school districts across the state. School districts submitted their estimated costs of full ACA compliance based on several criteria.
Broken down by year, the unfunded mandates on schools is $54.8 million in Fiscal Year 2015, $75.8 million in Fiscal Year 2016 and $77.4 million in Fiscal Year 2017.
Increased costs to school districts come from a number of factors including increased health care costs, penalties and covering part-time staff. The effective date for ACA compliance is either 2015 or 2016 depending on the size of the school district.
“With the bullying bill and now Obamacare compliance, the unfunded mandates are starting to add up for our school districts,” Torkelson said. “It’s pretty sad when schools are forced to prioritize Obamacare compliance over the education of our children.”