Investing in Minnesota's Middle Class: Education, Jobs, and Tax Relief
Governor Dayton Greets Constituent
Growing the middle class is essential to Minnesota’s economy. This past legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton delivered on his promise to create a Better Minnesota for the middle class. Working with the DFL legislature, the governor made new high-impact investments in the following areas:
Jobs and the economy
Property tax relief
These investments help Minnesota families with the basic by helping their kids get a world-class education, helping parents find good paying jobs and by providing needed property tax reductions.
Every child deserves top quality education that’s why, from early childhood programs to high schools, Minnesota schools will receive a $485 million funding increase during the next two years. This means more funding for every learner in every school – including $134 million to ensure that all Minnesota children have access free all-day kindergarten. It also includes $40 million in scholarships to help 8,000 more children attend high quality childcare and preschool, ensuring they are prepared for kindergarten and beyond!
More and more jobs require education beyond high school. During the next two years, Minnesotans will reap the benefits of a $250 million investment in higher education. This includes $46 million in financial aid for students and a tuition freeze to curb costs at all public colleges and universities in Minnesota.
Every Minnesotan deserves a good job. That’s why Gov. Dayton has committed to working with the private sector to ensure Minnesota continues to outpace the nation in job growth. Just one example is our new Job Creation Fund, which provides grants to help Minnesota companies hire new employees and grow their businesses.
Another way Gov. Dayton is helping create new jobs in Minnesota is through state investments in the Mayo Clinic Destination Medical Center project, 3M, the Mall of America, and Baxter International. These projects will help create thousands of good jobs for Minnesotans across the state.
Property Tax Relief
Property taxes have skyrocketed 86% in the past ten years, leaving burden on middle class Minnesotans. To provide some relief, Gov. Dayton and the DFL legislature provided impact of $441 million in property tax relief for Minnesotans. This includes direct property tax refunds to 450,000 homeowners and 100,000 renters.