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Economic development panel OKs $120 million for rural broadband expansion

The bill seeks $120 million in the 2022-23 biennium to bring high-speed broadband internet access to unserved and underserved areas of Greater Minnesota.

Lawmakers seek way to soften blow of spikes in price of natural gas

The attack of the dekatherms may sound like a sci-fi flick, but it may be a real-life conflict headed straight for your wallet.

Benefits for injured police officers would be studied under bill advancing in House

HF1577, sponsored by Rep. Jon Koznick (R-Lakeville), would require the Department of Labor and Industry to study benefits provided to disabled or injured policy officers by Jan. 15, 2022.

Grant program aims to support young adults with learning differences and autism

HF1972 would create a competitive grant program for postsecondary institutions that serve students with autism and learning differences.

Whether you rent or own your home, your tax refund could grow

When you hear “copay” you probably think of health care costs and what your insurance requires when you visit a doctor or buy a prescription. But where you live comes with a “copay,” too.

Educators paying out-of-pocket for school supplies could get additional tax relief

The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 94% of teachers spend their own money to stock their classrooms with supplies and materials.

Regulations on small meat processors catering to hunters could be eliminated

HF356, sponsored by Rep. Mike Sundin (DFL-Esko), would exempt such processors from inspection requirements and allow them to operate without a license or a permit, provided their annual sales are less than $15,000.

'Long-standing structural inequities' the target of Women of Color Opportunity Act

The Women of Color Opportunity Act would establish and fund grant and loan programs for organizations supporting girls and women of color in business, education, employment and finance.

Grants to counties could assist small businesses in recovery from COVID-19

HF1914, sponsored by Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL-Hopkins), would provide $50 million to Minnesota counties in the current fiscal year to be used for grants to local businesses.

Funding boost requested to fill statewide gaps in mental health services

HF1600 would provide $6 million funding boosts to the state’s Adult Mental Health Initiative grants in fiscal years 2022 and 2023.

Approved plan to eliminate paperwork could help providers combat addiction

In Minnesota, clinicians in substance use disorder treatment programs can spend more than 25% of their time away from clients, working on paperwork.

Committee hears Family Child Care Task Force legislative recommendations

Providers, licensors, lawmakers and others interested in family child care have spent the past two years working together in a manner that has rarely been seen in this industry.

Candidates with ‘reasonable fear’ may be able to keep their home address private

HF1207 would expand current statute that allows a candidate to request their home address be classified as private data if “a police report has been submitted or an order for protection has been issued in regard to the safety of the candidate or the candidate's family.”

Seeking to aid post-COVID catch-up, House panel approves summer school funding bill

School districts are already planning for their summer school programming to help mitigate students’ pandemic-related learning loss.

State lawmakers could make four MN tax credits bigger — and simpler

The House Taxes Committee laid over four bills for possible omnibus bill inclusion, each designed to either expand tax credits or simplify them.

DFL bill to cap copays on drugs for chronic diseases clears committee along party lines

HF2056 would cap co-payments on prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions at $25 per month.

New proposal targets drivers who ignore school bus stop-arms

HF2172 would use an increased fine for stop arm violations violations to equip school buses with a camera to catch offenders.

Tourism businesses could receive grants to help with post-pandemic marketing

HF1233, sponsored by Rep. Shelly Christensen (DFL-Stillwater), would create four Explore Minnesota Tourism-run, $1 million grant programs to help with marketing and events.

Bill would boost ‘woefully inadequate’ funds for crime victims by $8 million

Crime victims can apply for emergency state funds to help them recover from what they have suffered.

Bill could boost temporary housing program for low-income people with mental illnesses

More low-income Minnesotans with mental illnesses could receive short-term housing assistance while waiting for Section 8 vouchers or public housing.


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