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Guaranteeing a Great Start for Minnesota Kids

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Education, Reform


Governor Dayton reads to children.
Under the new budget passed by Gov. Dayton and the legislature all Minnesota’s kids will have access to all-day kindergarten education.

Minnesota kids were big winners at the legislature this spring. Gov. Mark Dayton and the DFL legislature emphasized education – funding high-impact programs like all-day kindergarten and early childhood education scholarships. These bold initiatives are part of the broader $485 million education bill that ensures our state’s learners get the support they need to be successful

Programs like all-day, every-day kindergarten are proven to make a big impact in a child’s life and critical to closing Minnesota’s growing achievement gap. Unfortunately, some parents have to pay thousands of dollars for it, and some schools don’t offer it all. Currently, only 54 percent of Minnesota children are able to all-day kindergarten. A child’s access to quality education shouldn’t be limited by their parent’s income. Under the new budget passed by Gov. Dayton and the legislature all Minnesota’s kids will have access to all-day kindergarten education!

Early childhood learning also received a major boost this year with new funding for a scholarship program. This program targets Minnesota’s achievement gap by increasing access to high-quality pre-school and child care services. The $40 million influx means that 8,000 low-income children will be able to attend high-quality pre-school programs starting this fall. 

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A Fair Tax System for Minnesota’s Middle Class

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Reform, Economy, Budget


Gov. Dayton and the DFL legislature invested $400 million in middle class property tax relief in the recently passed budget to help Minnesotans and restore tax fairness.
Governor Dayton and the DFL legislature invested $400 million in middle class property tax relief in the recently passed budget to help Minnesotans and restore tax fairness.

Middle class Minnesotans have endured a decade of property tax increases. Governor Dayton and the DFL legislature invested $400 million in middle class property tax relief in the recently passed budget to help Minnesotans and restore tax fairness. The investment provides new resources for the following:

  • Homestead Credit Refund
  • Renter’s Property Tax Refund Credit
  • Local Government Aid
  • City and County Sales Tax Exemption

Homestead Credit Refund

A new $120 million investment in the Homestead Credit Refund will provide significant direct property tax relief to middle-class homeowners. Under the new budget, more than 150,000 additional homeowners will be eligible for the refund. Current refund recipients will benefit as well, the new law is expected to increase the refund for 300,000 homeowners who already receive it. 

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Minnesota Job Creation Fund: A New Tool to Help Attract and Support Business

Posted on February 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Budget, Reform, Jobs

Minnesota needs effective tools to create jobs and make our state more competitive.  That’s why Governor Dayton’s budget invests $25 million in ongoing funding for the Minnesota Job Creation Fund, a new statewide performance based job creation program. This investment will create and support thousands of Minnesota jobs by making our state a more competitive place to do business and leveraging $450 million in additional private investment.

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To learn more about the Minnesota Job Creation Fund and Governor Dayton’s plans to build a Better Minnesota, click here.


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State to partner with health providers to deliver better care at a lower cost

Posted on February 01, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Categories: Budget, Reform, Health

Governor Dayton and Commissioner Jesson

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton announced today a new reform initiative that will provide better health care for 100,000 Minnesotans and lower costs for taxpayers. In an effort to further improve the state’s Medicaid program, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is partnering with six health care providers to test a new payment model that prioritizes quality, preventive care and rewards providers for achieving mutually-agreed upon health goals. 


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Budget for a Better Minnesota: Strengthening the Middle Class

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Categories: Budget, Jobs, Reform, Education

Governor Mark Dayton today released a budget proposal focused on improving the lives of Minnesotans through major investments in education, new initiatives for a stronger economy, and a fair tax system.
 
“If the investments in my budget proposal are made, they will yield returns in new jobs, private investments, vibrant communities and additional state and local tax revenues; and they will help keep our economy moving forward,” said Governor Dayton. “They represent my best judgment about what Minnesota needs to grow our economy, expand our middle class, improve our quality of life and take care of those most in need.”
 
Governor Dayton’s budget delivers on his promise to increase funding for education every year he is governor: no excuses, no exceptions. The governor’s budget provides quality early education for 11,000 young children, optional All-Day Kindergarten for 46,000 kids, and increases K-12 funding by $52 per student. His budget also delivers a significant increase in direct student aid for higher education and makes needed investments in the MnSCU system and the University of Minnesota to train our workforce for the jobs of the future.


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Results Minnesota: Reforming State Government

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Categories: Reform, Commerce, Economy, Technology

Governor Dayton, Commissioner Cassellius, and Melissa Schaller, Special Education Director for Intermediate School District #917 compare original TSES and reduced TSES packets.

Two years into his administration, Governor Mark Dayton remains committed to building a better Government for a Better Minnesota.

One important aspect of continuing this progress is improving the value, efficiency, and accountability of state government. Building a better government for Minnesota requires new thinking, and changing the way the state conducts its business. Governor Dayton is focused on using every tax dollar wisely to deliver valuable services that improve the lives of Minnesotans. This includes using new technology to improve efficiency and reduce waste, controlling cost increases, and eliminating programs that don’t work.

In the Spotlight

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has significantly reduced time-consuming, burdensome paperwork for special education teachers and administrators. MDE reduced a 279 page special education manual to just 16 pages – a 94 percent reduction in paperwork.

The manual used to take several teachers and administrators more than 40 hours to complete. But Melissa Schaller, a special education administrator from Rosemount, completed the new manual by herself in less than three hours.

Reducing unnecessary piles of paperwork means administrators and teachers can direct more of their time and attention to students with disabilities.

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Results Minnesota: Getting Back to Work

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Categories: Economy, Agriculture, Veterans, Reform

Employment Resource Team from MN National Guard meets with soldiers in Kuwait

Employment Resource Team from the National Guard, with the help of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), traveled to Kuwait in March 2012 in order to provide workshops and job search assistance for 1,080 soldiers from 10 different states

Two years into his administration, Governor Dayton continues to make crucial progress towards building a Better Minnesota. Measuring that progress by the improvements Minnesotans have seen in their lives, families, communities, and economy, the Dayton Administration is taking inventory of what has been accomplished over the last two years and considering the work ahead. 

One important measure of that progress is improving the condition of Minnesota’s economy. Governor Dayton is focused on getting Minnesotans back to work by creating opportunities for all Minnesotans. A successful economy requires strong business growth, a skilled workforce and employment opportunities for everyone.

In the Spotlight

Helping Minnesota veterans find employment opportunity has been a high priority for Governor Dayton. So when an employment survey of Minnesota National Guard soldiers serving in Kuwait showed that over 900 soldiers (28%) would not have a job when they returned from combat, the Dayton Administration took action. 

Following the survey, an Employment Resource Team from the National Guard, with the help of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), traveled to Kuwait in March 2012 in order to provide workshops and job search assistance for 1,080 soldiers from 10 different states. Those efforts delivered results for hundreds of military families who may otherwise have faced the prolonged challenges of unemployment.

Of the 2,700 Minnesota soldiers returning from Kuwait last spring, only 78 are still unemployed – a 90% improvement in only four months.


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New Online Permit System Gets Minnesota Building Faster

Posted on November 05, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Categories: Reform

As part of the Dayton administration’s continued efforts to Build a Better Government for a Better Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) announced today that eTRAKiT, the agency’s new online permit system, has dramatically improved the efficiency of issuing permits.

Since implementing the system a year ago, the staff time required to issue electrical permits has been cut in half and the time to process permits has been reduced by 90 percent.  Permits that used to take up to 6 weeks to process are now issued either instantly or within 3 days. 

With the proven success of using eTRAKiT to apply for electrical permits, DLI is now working to implement the online permit service for all construction codes and licensing disciplines, such as building, elevators, mechanical and plumbing.

To find out more, visit the DLI website.


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Minnesota Department of Education slashes paperwork for special education teachers

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 1:01 PM
Categories: Education, Reform

Today, Governor Dayton congratulated Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and the state Department of Education (MDE) for reducing excessive paperwork on Minnesota’s special education teachers. The reduction will enable educators to spend much less time filling out forms and much more time in the classroom teaching children with special needs.

Minnesota Department of Education Streamlines & Reduces TSES Paperwork


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Minnesota DHS Makes Accountability a Priority

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Health, Reform, Technology

DHS_Dashboard.jpg

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is built upon the idea of helping Minnesotans, and thanks to their online public dashboard tool, it’s become even easier for Minnesotans to help themselves to information on the progress of DHS.

The DHS Dashboard allows taxpayers to know what they’re getting from the programs they pay for, and was inspired by Governor Mark Dayton’s “Better Government for a Better Minnesota” reform effort. The dashboard debuted one year ago, and has now been updated to include the most recent data available for the majority of its 15 measures of progress, as well as introducing additional measurements. As DHS advances in its commitment to accountability, transparency, and continual performance improvement, more measures will continue to be added.


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