One of the GMNP’s top priorities is solving the child care shortage in Greater Minnesota communities. This legislative session, we are working to create a new program, funded through the bonding bill, that would provide capital for local governments to build, purchase, or rehab buildings that the city or county would own but could rent to child care providers. The program would fund up to 50% of the capital costs of the program, with a maximum of $500,000. The local community would be responsible for the remaining 50 percent, either through a city or county contribution or funding from the private sector.
This week, the House DFL announced their bonding proposal, and it includes $5 million for this program.
We have received word that Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester), chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee, is lukewarm to this proposal. In a recent email to one of our members, he states, “I have not heard of any cities yet that want to get into this financially and operationally.” Continue reading