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MFIP reporting changes proposed to help families get out of deep poverty

A provision included in Gov. Tim Walz’s budget recommendations could help make the state’s cash assistance programs a greater source of stability for families in need, Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead told the House Human Services Finance and Policy Committee Wednesday.

Helping people with disabilities live outside nursing homes helps maintain dignity, advocate tells lawmakers

HF264 would appropriate $18 million in the 2022-23 biennium for grants to the eight nonprofit centers for independent living in the state, which provide vocational rehabilitation services to people with disabilities.

State officials say COVID-19’s been good for park visits, bad for monitoring water

For those seeking some good news about the impact of COVID-19 on the state, visit a park or hike on a trail.

Proposal to diversify the teacher workforce receives a second hearing

For several years, advocates have pushed for legislation to increase diversity in the state’s teacher workforce. Their work has culminated in the Increase Teachers of Color Act 2021.

Parental consent may not be required for some teens to get mental health assistance

Sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), HF375 would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to consent to mental health services on their own.

Help could be coming for emergency shelters after House panel OKs funding boost

Minnesota's emergency shelter system could be in for a much-needed infusion of state funding.

In effort to close wage gap, employers could be prohibited from asking about past salaries

HF403 aims to close the gap by prohibiting employers, including labor unions and employment agencies, from asking about a prospective employee’s past pay.

Private College Council requests increased funding for the state grant program

Increased funding for the state grant program is a legislative priority for the Minnesota Private College Council this session.

DFL proposal would expand paid sick leave to workers statewide

HF7, sponsored by Rep. Liz Olson (DFL-Duluth) and co-sponsored by 15 other DFLers, would require employers to provide workers at least one hour of health-related paid time off for every 30 hours worked.

Could refinancing be an option for retired power plants?

It’s a common argument from those skeptical about the move toward renewable sources of electricity: What about the people who work at the power plants that will be retired in the transition? What will happen to those communities when one of their largest employers is closed down?

Proposed ‘SAFE’ account aims to reimburse mutual aid costs for critical incidents

HF445 would create the State Aid for Emergencies (SAFE) account as a state contingency fund to reimburse local communities for public safety overtime and staffing costs provided through mutual aid after significant critical incidents occur.

House panel OKs $71 million in conservation trust-funded projects

An annual proposal dedicating money from a Minnesota State Lottery-backed trust fund to conservation and research projects recommended by a citizen-legislator commission has taken its first step.

Storm warning: Experts say plan now for state infrastructure damage — or pay more later

What more frequent and violent storms in Minnesota means for the state’s infrastructure — and what can be done to mitigate its effects — was the focus of Tuesday’s meeting of the House Capital Investment Committee.

Lawmakers hear of ‘broken economic model’ that hinders early learning, child care

Early care providers and families with young children continue to find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

Support, mentorship for parents helps families reunite

Navigating the child protection system can be completely overwhelming for parents, advocates say, especially those suffering from addiction or other barriers that might make the process required to reunite with their children even more daunting.

Bill proposes ongoing assistance for state's struggling renters

Permanent rental assistance could be on the way for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesota households who qualify for federal help but don't receive it.

State prescription drug purchasing program wins narrow approval in health committee

HF8, approved in the House Health Finance and Policy Committee, would move all drug purchasing for public health care programs to the department.

Mental health, hemp-tracking software prioritized in agriculture budget

The department’s proposed $250 million budget in the 2022-23 biennium would promote and regulate Minnesota farm and food products and allow prompt response to diseases and pests that threaten state resources, leaders said.

Public weighs in on racial justice recommendations for MN schools

“Frightening,” “unacceptable,” “alienating” and “traumatizing” were a few of the words used to describe the opportunity gaps and racial disparities that exist in Minnesota’s education system.

Governor's jobs budget targets workers, businesses amidst 'unprecedented' times

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus many weaknesses in the state’s economy that need to be addressed before it can even start to return to pre-pandemic levels.


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