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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Forecast shows $1.5 billion state budget surplus

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the November budget and economic forecast today, which projects a $1.54 billion surplus available for the next two-year budget cycle (Fiscal Year 2020-21). The surplus is the result of $720 million rolled over from the current biennium, along with an $824 million surplus expected in the next biennium. In […]

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GMNP president moderates legislative panel on child care

Region Nine Development Commission Executive Director Nicole Griensewic Mickelson, who also serves as president of the GMNP, moderated a legislative panel discussion on child care at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) annual fall conference on Nov. 15 in Alexandria. Panelists were Sen. Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley), Sen. Mark Johnson (R-East Grand Forks), Sen. […]

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State launches website to help Minnesotans check their internet speeds

The Minnesota Office of Broadband is promoting a new tool to help consumers measure the broadband speeds actually delivered, as opposed to using the internet provider’s number which is based on what they offer for speeds. The tool, found at CheckSpeedMinnesota.com, will allow Minnesotans to test, map and report broadband internet speeds. According to a […]

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It’s time to renew your GMNP membership!

Within the last two weeks, current GMNP members should have received the 2019 membership renewal letter and invoice in the mail. Membership dues can be paid any time between now and February 1, 2019. Please let us know if you plan to continue to be a part of the GMNP team in 2019, even if […]

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