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      Budget for a Better Minnesota: What's In It For Children

      Posted on July 18, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      During the 2013 legislative session, Governor Mark Dayton worked with legislators to create a better Minnesota for children and their families.
      A student sits with a thank-you note for Governor Mark Dayton. Gov. Dayton worked with legislators during the 2013 legislative session to create a better Minnesota for children and their families.


      During the 2013 legislative session, Governor Mark Dayton worked with legislators to create a better Minnesota for children and their families. 

      In a recent Waseca County News editorial, the commissioners for Education, Health, and Human Services: Brenda Cassellius, Ed Ehlinger, and Lucinda Jesson, respectively, explained all the ways the budget will enhance and improve the lives of thousands of Minnesota children. Here are some of the highlights:

      • Improving Minnesota Schools 
      • Addressing Child Homelessness
      • Keeping Kids Safe


      Improving Minnesota Schools
      One important reform was investing in all-day kindergarten. The budget invests $134 million to help Minnesota school districts provide free all-day kindergarten to every student. Currently, only 54% of Minnesota’s kindergarteners have access to free all-day kindergarten, so this reform will greatly benefit the thousands of families who have to pay out of pocket for kindergarten.

      Addressing Child Homelessness
      Another important reform is the provision of rental assistance for low-income families. This will help students and their families stay in their homes. When students are able to remain in their homes and schools, their academic performance improves. 

      Keeping Kids Safe
      The budget also works to protect sexually exploited youth. Since Minnesota has the 13th highest incidence of sex trafficking according to the FBI, it is important that we better protect our state’s children. In order to do this, the budget invests in programs that help child victims of sex trafficking. It also includes funds to train law enforcement officers and prosecutors who work with victims.

      Each of these reforms will go a long way towards improving the lives of Minnesota children and their families. You can read more about how the new budget is creating a better Minnesota for children here