Gov. Brad Little said he will protect public schools from the new spending and budget reductions he is asking of other state agencies.

Little is asking other agencies to find places to cut spending over two years’ worth of budgets, but he indicated he would seek additional funding for education.

In a memo to agency heads sent Friday, Little’s chief of staff Zach Hauge said the Division of Financial Management will implement a 1 percent rescission to the 2019-20 budget for all general fund state agencies. DFM will apply a 2 percent base reduction to all general fund state agencies’ budgets in 2020-21.

Rep. Wendy Horman, a vice chair of the powerful Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, said Little’s approach makes sense.

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