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Early Learning Scholarship program would be fully funded under proposal

Early learning scholarships are a way to offer disadvantaged 3- and 4-year-old children better access to high-quality care and learning opportunities.

House panel digs bill aiming to fund online heavy equipment courses

Can students learn to operate heavy equipment through online courses? Believing they can, Rep. Dave Lislegard (DFL-Aurora) is seeking funds to help expand a program that has...

House committee begins work on omnibus education policy bill

Many of the included proposals “support the whole child and all the needs they have in order to reach their true academic potential,” a Department of Education official said.

Five years too tight for TIF? How about 10?

The clock is ticking on 1,648 development projects in Minnesota. They’re the ones working within the constraints of the state’s tax increment financing laws, which require that ...

Legislation proposes raising bar on training requirements for contract labor at state's refineries

Lawmakers are looking to ensure that employees of companies hired to perform work inside Minnesota's two oil refineries have certain levels of training.

Kinship foster families need more support, advocates say — committee considers how to provide it

The number of foster kids placed with family members has increased significantly over the past few years, but many barriers remain for prospective kinship foster parents.

State lawmakers consider ‘coordinated effort’ to help communities when power plants shutter

HF1750 would create and fund an Energy Transition Legacy Office within the Department of Employment and Economic Development to help these cities deal with the economic disruption resulting from the expected shutdowns.

Farmers could receive grants to start co-ops under House proposal

Minnesota farmers who want to pool resources to increase processing capacity or build markets for their crops and livestock could receive up to $50,000 in state funding.

Municipal street improvement districts green-lighted by House division

HF1565 would allow cities to create street improvement districts and charge for up to 20 years almost all property owners within the designation for street construction, maintenance and upgrades.

Proposal aims to expand students’ access to support personnel

HF1742 would create a new ongoing state aid program to fund additional school support personnel.

Duplicative licensing efforts the target of ‘alternative licensing inspection’ proposal

HF471 aims to eliminate unnecessary licensing overlap through the creation of an “alternative licensing inspection” process that could be requested by eligible license holders.

House division approves $1.50 per pack cigarette tax hike

The House Preventive Health Policy Division approved a bill Wednesday that seeks to further reduce those numbers by raising taxes on cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products, and funding new campaigns to help people quit smoking and stop others from starting.

Legacy committee hears $127 million proposal for Outdoor Heritage Fund

The specifics of where Legacy amendment funds will go for fiscal year 2022 were on the table at Wednesday’s House Legacy Finance Committee meeting.

Lawmakers consider boost to MN's child care assistance reimbursement rates

Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program provider reimbursement rates are well below the national average, and providers say that’s jeopardizing the industry and disadvantaging families.

Duluth, Rochester get committee OK for park dedication fee on new development

Duluth and Rochester seek to require a “reasonable portion of land” be dedicated to the public, or impose a dedication fee on new housing units and new commercial and industrial development in the city. A bill for such received committee approval.

Dental home pilot projects could offer alternatives for public health program enrollees

HF1918 would require the Department of Human Services to establish an advisory committee to lay the groundwork for a dental home pilot project

Facing 'instability and struggle,' grant program could assist students in foster care in quest for college

Sponsored by Rep. Kaohly Vang Her (DFL-St. Paul), HF1802 would create a grant program to assist students who were, or are, in foster care with postsecondary tuition and fees.

Some lawmakers don't think pink passes muster on hunters, look to change 2017 law

HF1562 would only allow blaze gear — required during Minnesota's Nov. 6-Dec. 12 firearm deer-hunting season — to be orange, overturning a 2017 law allowing blaze pink.

Extra unemployment benefits may not be taxed after all

HF1658 would provide a temporary subtraction for those supplemental benefits, effective for tax years 2020 and 2021.

Public safety panel OKs plan to expand state's ignition interlock program

HF1199 would require a person whose driver’s license was revoked for a second DWI in 10 years or third lifetime DWI to get an ignition interlock device installed in order to get back on the road.

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