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Representative Erin Murphy (DFL – St. Paul) announced today that she will author legislation that would provide health care to all of Minnesota's children. The legislation, unveiled today at a Capitol news conference, would ensure that all of Minnesota's children have access to health care by 2008.
"Making sure that all of our children have access to health care is not just good policy, it is a moral imperative," Murphy said. "68,000 children go without health insurance today. That is completely unacceptable and it will change when this bill becomes law."
Murphy's bill was included in the House Democrats top seven bills for this session, giving it a very good chance of passage. Among the other bills proposed today are:
· A Property Tax Relief Bill that uses a combination of aid increases to cities and counties, more school aid and levy support and direct credits and refunds to homeowners.
· A Full-Day Kindergarten Bill that would make voluntary full-day kindergarten available in every school district in the state.
· An Early Education Bill that restores funding to 2003 levels and increases school readiness and Head Start funding.
· An Increased K-12 Funding Bill that will increase the basic formula by 3% in 2008 and 3% in 2009.
· A 25/20 Renewable Energy Bill that increases the percentage of retail electric sales that must be generated from eligible renewable sources from the current 10% by 2015 to 5% in 2010, 11% in 2013, 15% in 2015 and 25% in 2020.
· A Lights-On Bill that will prevent government shutdown.
· A Federal Tax Conformity Bill that provides $20 million in tax relief to Minnesota taxpayers, including college students and their families, teachers and military personnel.
"The introduction of these bills shows that the House DFL is focusing on the issues that matter most to the people of Minnesota - a great education for our kids, access to affordable health care, and lower property taxes," Murphy said.
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