Sen. Clausen discusses four bills on his legislative agenda

Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) had a full plate this week as he presented four of his bills in Senate committees. Two of the four were discussed in the Education Policy Committee. They focused on providing standards for adult high school diplomas and allowing school district to allocate more funding to early childhood programs.
“The adult diploma will allow participants to demonstrate proficiency in a standard set of competences to ensure post-secondary programs and potential employers that they are prepared and qualified graduates,” said Senator Clausen. “The other proposal allows school district compensatory spending to be used in preparing children for kindergarten. Together, these proposals strengthen our education system at both ends.”
The senator also visited the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee with legislation to help Minnesota low-wage earners build assets. The Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) program helps participants build a savings account that can be used for purchasing a home, pursuing a higher education or starting a small business. Senator Clausen’s legislation reinstates the $500,000 cut to the program that occurred in the 2011 session.
“This program is a great tool that helps people work their way out of poverty,” said Sen. Clausen. “Many families are doing everything they can to save money and build their assets, but are still falling just short of financial security. This program helps them get there.”
The senator’s final stop was in the Higher Education Committee. There he talked about his proposed study on higher education loan refinancing. The legislation would look at the feasibility and appropriate components of a program that would assist Minnesota residents in refinancing student loans for higher education.
“We need to get a handle on the cost of a college education,” said Sen. Clausen. “Our students are graduating with a high amount a debt and we need to do what we can to take some of the burden off their shoulders.”
For more information on these four bills or any other legislative issues, contact Sen. Clausen by calling (651) 296-4120 or by emailing sen.greg.clausen@senate.mn.

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