"That's (Rep.) Tom Emmer's backside," Rev. Steve Sylvester told a crowded Circle Pines church. "And I put that photo up this evening because that's what Tom Emmer is showing us tonight."
A new in-depth look at children’s access to programs – part of Minnesota’s new Early-Childhood Longitudinal Data System - finds that children of color, Native Americans and lower-income children are more likely than their wealthier, white peers to be enrolled in at least one of four early-childhood programs in the state.
Stephanie Hogenson, research and policy director at the Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota, said the Child Care Assistance program drives access to early childhood programs, but nearly 90 percent of the kids who are income eligible aren’t participating because of a lack of state funding
“Our Legislature is currently debating some proposals to increase funding for the program, as well as improve the program to make it more family friendly and more accessible for families, as well as easier to use for providers,” Hogenson said.
Gov. Mark Dayton has said he wants to use part of the state’s $1.65 billion budget surplus to fund preschool programs in the state. But Republicans released their own plan to eliminate it, close an arts school and remove multiple automatic budget increases for school programs.
Dayton has called it appalling for lawmakers to use 4-year-olds as bargaining chips in budget negotiations.
Outreach Needed To Minority, Low-Income Families (more…)
Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman announced he is running for the Governor of Minnesota in 2018. As the first Major Republican to announce, Commissioner Huffman is seeking the GOP endorsement.
Veterans for Peace Mark 50th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech on Vietnam, April 4, 1967
Veterans For Peace, Chapter 27, held an event in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Beyond Vietnam" Speech in the Riverside Church, New York City, by reading it in from the steps of the State Capitol Building in St. Paul at 4:00 pm on April 4, 2017.