Gov. Dayton signs supplemental budget bill

Gov. Dayton signs supplemental budget bill

Source: Office of Gov. Mark Dayton

Gov. Mark Dayton today signed the supplemental budget bill (Chapter 189, HF2749) which will begin to establish voluntary prekindergarten for all Minnesota children, continue the expansion of broadband internet access in Greater Minnesota, and begin eliminating racial economic disparities in Minnesota.

One of the signature investments included in the supplemental budget bill is an initiative GovDaytonPortraitthat will begin to establish high-quality, voluntary prekindergarten for all Minnesota four-year-olds. Over the past two years, Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith have traveled the state, meeting with teachers, parents, and children in classrooms across Minnesota, and hearing about the need for more high-quality prekindergarten learning opportunities to reduce educational achievement gaps and ensure every child is ready to succeed in school and in life. The bill signed today by Gov. Dayton invests $25 million to help 3,700 more Minnesota four-year-olds across the state gain access to high-quality preschool programs in school districts that choose to offer it, regardless of their ability to pay.

The supplemental budget bill will also expand access to high speed broadband internet in Greater Minnesota. Building on the $31 million that the governor secured to expand broadband access in 2014 and 2015, Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith successfully pushed for an additional $35 million for the Minnesota broadband grant fund this session. While this falls short of the governor’s $100 million broadband proposal, this new investment is expected to help nearly 12,000 Minnesota households, small businesses, and community institutions across Greater Minnesota gain access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet.

Gov. Dayton and Lt. Gov. Smith are committed to building an economy that works for all Minnesotans. That is why they proposed $100 million this session to expand economic opportunities and eliminate racial disparities for Minnesotans of color across our state. The final supplemental budget bill signed by the governor includes $35 million to improve opportunities for Minnesotans of color and ensure our economy works for everyone, everywhere in Minnesota.

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