Update on GMNP legislative priorities

The top priorities for the Partnership this session are addressing three critical shortages in Greater Minnesota: child care, workforce housing, and broadband. Here is a quick update on where things stand on these issues. (More information on the Partnership’s legislative priorities can be found here). Child care, or lack thereof, has become a major economic […]

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Next installment of ‘Interconnected: Rural-Urban Conversations’ to focus on workforce issues

On Thursday, the Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Citizens League are hosting the second webinar in their series “Interconnected: Rural-Urban Conversations.” This event will focus on workforce strategies, where panelists will explore questions such as: What are the similarities and differences in workforce between urban and rural Minnesota? How did the pandemic effect […]

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Register for the 2021 CGMC Summer Conference

Back together again! The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, GMNP’s partnership organization, announced their return to in-person events with the 2021 CGMC Summer Conference, which will be held July 29-30 at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center in Alexandria. All GMNP members are invited to attend! Registration is now open. Attendees can look forward to: Informative […]

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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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