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State Representative Tim Mahoney

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100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
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Posted: Feb 2 2015 12:00AM
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Legislative Update 2-2-15


Dear Neighbor,

The legislative session is now more than a month old.  Governor Dayton and both legislative bodies have released their budgets and major transportation proposals.  Now the legislature will began crafting Minnesota’s two year budget.  Minnesota is in a strong position with a billion dollar surplus and a growing economy.   Here are some key points from Governor Dayton’s proposals with his reasoning underlined:

  • Voluntary, all day pre-kindergarten for all Minnesota’s children, ensuring more children are ready to start primary school ($109 million)
  • Free school breakfast for every child from pre-K through grade 3, guaranteeing each child is ready to start the day and learn ($28 million)
  • Increase the per pupil formula by roughly $60 dollars for each student in K-12 education, meeting the needs of our underfunded schools ($173 million)
  • Eliminate the Head Start waiting list, making a good program work better ($19.4 million)
  • Hold tuition down and increase the amount under the State Grant program for two and four year colleges, keeping Minnesota competitive in the new economy ($93 million)
  • Make childcare available to more low income families ($17.5 million)
  • Increase the childcare tax credit amount and expand the program to 130,000 more families, making it easier for more families to make ends meet ($100 million)

What do you think of the Governor’s priorities?  You can take a two question survey here or simply reply to this email with your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Tim Mahoney

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