House Capital Investment Committee hears child care capital grant proposal

GMNP lobbyist Scott McMahon provides information on the need for more child care facilities in Greater Minnesota.

The House Capital Investment Committee has been touring proposed bonding sites throughout south-central Minnesota this week. During a dinner reception at Minnesota State University Mankato, GMNP lobbyist Scott McMahon presented to the committee members and staff our proposal to create a new grant program to support the development of child care facilities in Greater Minnesota. McMahon provided an overview of the child care crisis, where the most recent analysis from First Children’s Finance shows that Greater Minnesota is now short more than 40,000 child care slots.

Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. Peter), the chief author of the bill, shared with the committee that this idea is based on work he was able to support as a city councilmember in St. Peter, where the community came together, and through the support of the city and local businesses, was able to build a new child care center which has greatly reduced the shortage in his community.

Through the tours, the Capital Investment Committee is meeting with communities throughout the state to learn more about proposed bonding projects. This will help guide the committee as it develops the capital investment bill during the 2020 legislative session.