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July 10, 2013

DFL Legislature invested in state, supported business

Tax system became more fair


Students at MnSCU institutions and the University of Minnesota will benefit from a two-year tuition freeze. We established a Greater Minnesota Internship program to help keep talented young, educated adults in rural Minnesota.

Long term we used research-based strategies to help create and support the world’s best workforce. Increased funding of $485 million for our schools will better prepare our young children for success as learners through all day, every day kindergarten, early learning scholarships for low-income children, and increased per pupil funding that can support class-size reduction.

We provided significant support for Minnesota’s farmers this session: New investments were made in Minnesota’s Agriculture Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) fund that are designed to create economic growth in farm communities and funding was increased for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) by $1.4 million.

We invested in the ag-economy workforce by providing grants to high school agriculture programs and scholarships for agriculture studies in college.

In addition, our budget extends the Farmer-Lender Mediation Act, provides needed funding for pollinator habitat restoration and creates a pilot Water Quality Certainty Program with the USDA with input from farmers and commodity groups.

Minnesotans do “have to decide what kind of a state they want to live in.” In our opinion the past legislative session has made some significant strides toward just that kind of state.

Rep. Clark Johnson, DFL-North Mankato, represents District 19A which includes North Mankato, St. Peter and parts of Mankato. Kathy Brynaert, DFL-Mankato, represents District 19B, which includes Mankato and Eagle Lake.



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