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Early Childhood Finance and Policy

FOURTEENTH MEETING

2021-2022 Regular Session - February 25, 2021

STATE OF MINNESOTA FOURTEENTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES NINETY-SECOND SESSION


EARLY CHILDHOOD FINANCE AND POLICY COMMITTEE
MINUTES

Representative Dave Pinto, Chair of the Committee on Early Childhood Finance and Policy, called the remote meeting to order at 8:30 AM on February 25, 2021 pursuant to House rule 10.01. The meeting was broadcast via Zoom and House Public Information Services.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll call.

Members present:
PINTO, Dave, Chair
PRYOR, Laurie, Vice Chair
FRANSON, Mary, Minority Lead
BENNETT, Peggy
BOLDON, Liz
DANIELS, Brian
DAVNIE, Jim
DEMUTH, Lisa
JURGENS, Tony
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
MORRISON, Kelly
WAZLAWIK, Ami
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

A quorum was present.

Vice Chair Pryor moved that the minutes from February 23, 2021 meeting be approved. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Pryor moved that HF 413 be brought before the committee.

Rep. Olson presented HF 413.

Testifiers:
• Tony Sertich, President, Northland Foundation
• Nancy Jost, Director of Early Childhood, West Central Initiative Foundation

Rep. Olson presented HF 411.

Testifiers:
• Pat Baustian, Mayor, City of Luverne
• Shannon Mortenson, City Administrator, City of Warren

Rep. Olson presented on HF 412.

Testifiers:
• Cisa Keller, Senior Vice President of Early Childhood Quality Development, Think Small
• Jenny Holweger, CEO, Kandiyohi County Area YMCA

Chair Pinto laid over HF 413 for possible inclusion in an Early Childhood Omnibus bill.

Rep. Pryor moved that HF 411 be referred to the Committee on Workforce and Business Development.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

AYES:
PINTO, Dave, Chair
PRYOR, Laurie, Vice Chair
FRANSON, Mary, Minority Lead
BENNETT, Peggy
BOLDON, Liz
DANIELS, Brian
DAVNIE, Jim
DEMUTH, Lisa
JURGENS, Tony
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
MORRISON, Kelly
WAZLAWIK, Ami
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

NAYS:

There being 13 AYES and 0 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF 411 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON WORKFORCE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

Rep. Pryor moved that HF 412 be referred to the Committee on Workforce and Business Development

AYES:
PINTO, Dave, Chair
PRYOR, Laurie, Vice Chair
FRANSON, Mary, Minority Lead
BENNETT, Peggy
BOLDON, Liz
DANIELS, Brian
DAVNIE, Jim
DEMUTH, Lisa
JURGENS, Tony
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
MORRISON, Kelly
WAZLAWIK, Ami
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

NAYS:

There being 13 AYES and 0 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF 412 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON WORKFORCE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

Rep. Wazlawik moved that HF 260 be referred to the Committee on Workforce and Business Development.

Rep. Wazlawik offered the A2 Amendment be added to HF 260. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Rep. Wazlawik presented on HF 260.

Testified:
• Ann McCully, Child Care Aware of Minnesota Executive Director
• Kath Church, Creative Children Childcare/Casa di Creativa Bambini
• Emily Hernandez, Child Care Center Teacher at New Horizons in St. Paul
• Sharyl Kalal, Little Beginnings Child Care

Rep. Wazlawik renewed her motion that HF 260 be referred to the Committee on Workforce and Business Development.

The Committee Legislative Assistant Noted the roll.

AYES:
PINTO, Dave, Chair
PRYOR, Laurie, Vice Chair
FRANSON, Mary, Minority Lead
BENNETT, Peggy
BOLDON, Liz
DANIELS, Brian
DAVNIE, Jim
DEMUTH, Lisa
JURGENS, Tony
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
MORRISON, Kelly
WAZLAWIK, Ami
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

NAYS:

There being 13 AYES and 0 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF 260 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON WORKFORCE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT.

Rep. Pryor moved that HF 1125 be referred to the Committee on Taxes.

Rep. Pryor moved the A1 amendment before the committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED AND THE AMENDMENT WAS ADOPTED.

Rep. Pryor presented HF 1125.

Testified:
• Suzanne Pearl, Minnesota Director, First Children’s Finance
• Iesha Jackson, Happy Hearts Early Learning Childcare

Rep. Pryor renewed her motion that HF 1125 be referred to the Committee on Taxes.

AYES:
PINTO, Dave, Chair
PRYOR, Laurie, Vice Chair
FRANSON, Mary, Minority Lead
BENNETT, Peggy
BOLDON, Liz
DANIELS, Brian
DAVNIE, Jim
DEMUTH, Lisa
JURGENS, Tony
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
MORRISON, Kelly
WAZLAWIK, Ami
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

NAYS:

There being 13 AYES and 0 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF 1125 WAS REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON TAXES.

Rep. Pryor moved that HF 711 be recommended for placement on the General Register.

Rep. Sandell presented on HF 711.

Testified:
• Nicole Liffrig, Preschool Teacher, Newport Elementary, South Washington County Schools

Rep. Pryor renewed her motion that HF 711 be recommended for placement on the General Register.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

AYES:
PINTO, Dave, Chair
PRYOR, Laurie, Vice Chair
BOLDON, Liz
DAVNIE, Jim
KOTYZA-WITTHUHN, Carlie
MORRISON, Kelly
WAZLAWIK, Ami
WOLGAMOTT, Dan

NAYS:
FRANSON, Mary, Minority Lead
BENNETT, Peggy
DANIELS, Brian
DEMUTH, Lisa
JURGENS, Tony

There being 8 AYES and 5 NAYS, THE MOTION PREVAILED AND HF 711 WAS REFERRED TO THE EDUCATION FINANCE COMMITTEE.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 AM.


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Representative Dave Pinto, Chair


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Shenika Chambers, Committee Legislative Assistant


More Info On This Meeting..
Bills Added:
  • HF260 (Wazlawik) - Retaining early educators through attaining incentives now grant program established, early educator incentive programs modified, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF411 (Olson) - Greater Minnesota child care facility program funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF412 (Olson) - Child care provider grant to increase numbers funding provide, reports required, and money appropriated.
  • HF413 (Olson) - Minnesota Initiative Foundation funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF711 (Sandell) - Teacher licensure requirement for early education programs established.
  • HF1125 (Pryor) - Refundable tax credit established for qualified child care professionals.
House TV Video:
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02:28 - HF413 (Olson, L.) Minnesota Initiative Foundation funding provided, and money appropriated.
11:21 - HF411 (Olson, L.) Greater Minnesota child care facility program funding provided, and money appropriated.
21:09 - HF412 (Olson, L.) Child care provider grant to increase numbers funding provide, reports required, and money appropriated.
32:50 - Formal action on HF411 and HF412.
35:21 - HF260 (Wazlawik) Retaining early educators through attaining incentives now grant program established, reports required, and money appropriated.
55:23 - HF1125 (Pryor) Refundable tax credit established for qualified child care professionals.
1:05:52 - HF711 (Sandell) Teacher licensure requirement for early education programs established.


HF 413 (Olson, L.): Minnesota Initiative Foundation funding provided, and money appropriated.
Tony Sertich, President, Northland Foundation
Nancy Jost, Director of Early Childhood, West Central Initiative Foundation

HF 411 (Olson, L.): Greater Minnesota child care facility program funding provided, and money appropriated.
Pat Baustian, Mayor, City of Luverne
Shannon Mortenson, City Administrator, City of Warren

HF 412 (Olson, L.): Child care provider grant to increase numbers funding provide, reports required, and money appropriated.
Cisa Keller, Senior Vice President of Early Childhood Quality Development, Think Small
Jenny Holweger, CEO, Kandiyohi County Area YMCA

HF 260 (Wazlawik): Retaining early educators through attaining incentives now grant program established, reports required, and money appropriated.
Ann McCully, Child Care Aware of Minnesota Executive Director
Kath Church, Creative Children Childcare/Casa di Creativa Bambini
Emily Hernandez, Child Care Center Teacher at New Horizons in St. Paul
Sharyl Kala, Little Beginnings Child Care

HF 1125 (Pryor): Refundable tax credit established for qualified child care professionals.
Suzanne Pearl, Minnesota Director, First Children’s Finance
Iesha Jackson, Happy Hearts Early Learning Childcare

HF 711 (Sandell): Teacher licensure requirement for early education programs established.
Nicole Liffrig, Preschool Teacher, Newport Elementary, South Washington County Schools


Additional bills may be added.

Public Viewing:
This remote hearing may be viewed via the House webcast schedule page: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/htv/schedule.asp


Notes:
This remote hearing is taking place pursuant to Rule 10.01, which may be viewed here: https://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/cco/rules/permrule/permrule.asp
NOTE: HTV 1 and HTV 2 will provide live closed captioning. Video archives of meetings streamed on HTV 3, 4, and 5 will have closed captions added. Other reasonable accessibility accommodations may be made with advance notice.
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