Number of Minnesotans under age 5 in 2015 346,825
Percent of Minnesota households with children under age 6 and all parents in the workforce 74
State rank 3
Annual cost of child care for an infant in 2015 $14,826
State rank 6
Annual cost of child care for a 4-year-old in 2015 $11,420
State rank 8
Average number of children served monthly by Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program 30,000
Families served 15,000
State funding for program in Fiscal Year 2016 $249.1 million
Percent decline in the number of licensed in-home family child care providers from 2006-2015 27
Percent increase in the number of child care centers in that time 8
Approximate net loss of child care spaces, statewide from 2006-2015 12,000
Approximate net gain of child care spaces in the seven-county metropolitan area 3,400
Approximate net loss of child care spaces in non-metro counties 15,400
Average annual cost of operating a family child-care business $26,372
Average annual revenue $50,938
Average annual provider salary $24,566
Hours that providers work weekly, on average 53
Pre-tax hourly wage $8.90
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
The budget process explained — and why it matters
$45 billion plan is about a 10 percent increase over current biennium
Governor urges lawmakers to pass a big capital investment bill during budget-setting year; House Speaker has expressed doubt over bonding this session
It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.