Mayor Betsy Hodges: Governor’s budget “makes significant investments in areas important to all people in our state”
 
January 27, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Mayor Betsy Hodges released the following statement about Governor Mark Dayton’s budget proposal:
 
“Governor Dayton’s budget makes significant investments in areas that we know are important to all people in our state and in our city, as we work to strengthen the middle class and ensure all people can contribute to our prosperity. These investments are made possible by our improving economy and a stable budget, both of which are accomplishments of Governor Dayton’s for which all Minnesotans can be grateful.
 
“I’m especially pleased to see that the vast majority of new spending will be focused on education and improving the lives of our young people. Some of our greatest opportunities to advance equity are with our children. I commend Governor Dayton for increasing funding for the Child Care Assistance Program for the first time in over a decade, and for his continued investments in our youngest residents, including the child care tax credit, universal pre-K, and eliminating the Head Start waiting list. These investments will go directly to addressing the achievement gap in our city and state.
 
“Governor Dayton has also demonstrated his commitment to long-term economic progress for the middle class with his real transportation plan, which builds a stronger economy by investing in our roads, bridges, and pedestrian safety, as well as bus and rail. We need a transportation plan that is serious about making these investments to fix our underfunded transportation systems. Minnesotans can’t afford to watch our roads and bridges deteriorate or not have a competitive transit system when other regions are leaving us behind.”  
 
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Published Jan 27, 2015

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