Media visits focus on child care needs

When the Legislature takes its annual mid-session break, which they are on this week, GMNP staff often hit the road and meet with the media in Greater Minnesota to talk about our priorities and what is happening at the Capitol. This year, with the pandemic, we decided not to jump behind the wheel, but we […]

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Notes from the Capitol

An update from GMNP Executive Director Scott McMahon: We have hit the point in the legislative session where the budget is starting to take shape. During the past two weeks, Governor Walz, the House DFL, and the Senate GOP have all released their budget framework, thereby putting their stake in the ground on what Minnesota’s […]

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Federal stimulus includes $550M for child care in Minnesota

Minnesota’s child care industry is about to get a boost from the $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package signed into law last week. Included in the bill was more than $40 billion dedicated to child care providers. Of that, Minnesota’s share is approximately $550 million, which breaks down to roughly: • $200 million for the Child […]

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Governor Walz further rolls back COVID restrictions

On March 12, Governor Walz announced sweeping adjustments to COVID-19 restrictions. The announcement comes as a result of the progress the state has made in controlling the spread of the disease and providing more than one million Minnesotans at least one dose of the vaccine.    Beginning Monday, March 15:    Indoor social gatherings are […]

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Housing, child care bills in the spotlight

Last week was a busy time for our efforts to advance the GMNP’s economic development policies, with advocacy efforts in multiple committees across both the House and Senate. On Tuesday, Dan Dorman and Austin City Administrator Craig Clark testified in the Senate Housing Committee in support of SF 752, authored by Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka), […]

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House committee to hear child care bills next week

The House Early Childhood Finance and Policy Committee is scheduled to hear three bills GMNP-supported child care bills next Thursday. All three of the bill are authored by Rep. Liz Olson (DFL-Duluth). HF413 provides $4 million to the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations to expand the impact of their child care provider support initiatives and community […]

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GMNP legislative priorities receive hearings

January is always an interesting time around the Capitol. The first few weeks of hearings are always orienting members to the committee jurisdiction and learning about the various stakeholder groups who are impacted by the body’s decisions. Now that February is here, we are starting to see committees take a more active role in considering […]

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Governor Walz releases his budget

On January 26, Governor Walz released his budget recommendations for 2022-2023. The budget proposes spending $52.4 billion over the next two years, which includes $1.3 billion in new spending. To address the currently projected $1.273 billion deficit and to support the proposed budget, Governor Walz recommended the following: Spend down the budget reserve by $1 […]

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Webinar to explore what happens to the rural workforce during a pandemic

The Center for Rural Policy and Development (CRPD) is gathering a panel of experts to discuss the findings of its latest research, “Pandemic paints a different employment picture in rural Minnesota.”  Join the webinar from 2:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 as they explore the current realities of unemployment, the ongoing problem of high job […]

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