Minnesota is spending enormous sums of money on education programs for very young children, but the state’s mission is muddled and the results discouraging. Plus, the policy forces private child care providers to compete with “free” child care, threatening to create a government monopoly on child care. The good news is that the Senate held the line, with no increase in spending, and Gov. Walz, is showing some independence from the teachers’ union.
- The health and human services funding bill passed by state lawmakers Saturday provides $5 million to buy a tracking system while hiring new analysts, investigators and inspectors. About $1.3 million of that will be funneled into Ham’s former unit, DHS’s Office of Inspector General. The Inspector General's office will remain under control of DHS rather than being independent of the agency.
- A pension bailout to municipalities, that would have effectively made the bailout permanent at about $14 million a year, did not become law . Enjoy the "win" because local government aid (LGA) did get increased.