Child care discussions continue at committee hearings

There has been a lot of activity on the child care front in the past week. On March 1, the House Early Childhood Committee and the Jobs Committee held a joint hearing in St. Cloud. The purpose of the hearing was to highlight the economic and employment impacts of the child care crisis. The challenge […]

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House committees to travel to St. Cloud for child care hearing

The House Early Childhood Finance & Policy and Jobs & Economic Development Finance committees are traveling to Greater Minnesota for a joint hearing on child care this Friday. The hearing will touch on topics such as child care careers, the provider shortage and how the lack of available child care impacts local businesses and the […]

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GMNP voices concerns about child care tax credit bill

Scott McMahon, a lobbyist for the GMNP and our sister organization the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities,  testified in the House Tax Committee on Thursday about concerns over a proposal for several new child care tax credits and their limited benefit to families and providers in Greater Minnesota. HF 1034, authored by Rep. Laurie Pryor […]

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Child care bills receive first hearings

On Wednesday, the Senate Family Care and Aging Committee heard the two Greater Minnesota child care bills. This was the first action on the GMNP’s child care efforts in either chamber. SF 537, authored by Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) would appropriate $3 million to the six Minnesota Initiative Funds for their continued efforts to help […]

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Senate committee holds hearing on BDPI bill

A bill to increase funding for the Greater Minnesota Business Development Public Infrastructure (BDPI) Grant Program was heard in the Senate Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Committee on Monday. SF 536, authored by Sen. John Jasinski (R-Faribault), would provide $5 million in cash from the general fund for the program. We are also […]

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Two bills, one goal: Legislation aims to create long-term solutions to Greater Minnesota’s child care shortage

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Liew, jlliew@flaherty-hood.com PDF version ST. PAUL—A pair of bills that call on the state to make modest investments to help address the critical child care shortage in Greater Minnesota were introduced today at the Minnesota Legislature. SF 537/HF 422, authored by Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) and Rep. Jeff Brand (DFL-St. […]

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Join us for Legislative Action Day!

Happy New Year to all of our Greater Minnesota Partnership members! We hope your 2019 is off to a great start. Later this month our sister organization, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, will hold its annual Legislative Action Day. As in recent years, all GMNP members are invited to attend this “day at the […]

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New report calls on state to solve Minnesota’s child care crisis

A new report issued by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Think Small, one of the state’s leading research and advocacy organizations focused on improving early childhood education in Minnesota, calls on Minnesota’s policy leaders to address the child care and achievement gap crises experienced across the state, and in particular in Greater Minnesota. A […]

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