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At a press conference today Governor Pawlenty expressed disappointment in Minnesota’s inability to capture $175 million in federal “Race to the Top" education dollars. State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL – St. Paul) shared Governor Pawlenty’s disappointment and encouraged him to “put his money where his mouth is” by accepting Early MA, which would bring in $1.4 billion in federal tax dollars to Minnesota - over seven times the amount available from “Race to the Top.”
“Now that the Governor has talked the talk, he has an opportunity to walk the walk. The State Legislature has put Early MA into law and paid the state’s share. The result will be a $1.4 billion infusion of resources into Minnesota that will create jobs, protect hospitals and nursing homes, and make health care more affordable.
Early MA would allow Minnesota to engage in system-wide payment reform in order to drive down health care. If the Governor is serious about reform, here is a real opportunity. If he’s seriously disappointed about losing $175 million in federal education funds, then he will be devastated about losing $1.4 billion.
I encourage Governor Pawlenty to do right by Minnesota taxpayers and sign on the dotted line for Early MA.”
State Rep. Erin Murphy
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