Senate advances three Clausen education/higher education bills

Senator Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) saw three of his priority bills advance this week as the Senate took a major step in passing the state’s budget. Senator Clausen’s All-Day Kindergarten, Higher Education Student Loan Refinancing Program Study and Mental Health Services Summit bills are all in good shape heading into the final committee deadline.

“I am pretty pleased with the direction of these bills,” said Sen. Clausen. “All-Day Kindergarten has been a top priority since day one. I am very appreciative that it is included in the E12 budget. It is a big investment and I am thankful that the chairs of the education committees have been supporting me in my efforts to pass the bill.”

The E12 finance bill includes $130 million for All-Day Kindergarten. Proponents believe the change will improve literacy and math skills for the state and offer parents the flexibility to choose if All-Day Kindergarten is a good fit for their child.

The senator’s other two bills were included in the Senate’s Higher Education Omnibus Bill which passed earlier this week. If the legislation is signed in law, the state will look at the feasibility and appropriate components of a program that would assist Minnesota residents in refinancing student loans for higher education.

“The investments in the higher education bill will help colleges and universities with the tuition increases we have seen in the past several years, but we also need to focus on the graduates that are currently paying for their loans,” said Sen. Clausen. “This legislation will get that ball rolling and look into the feasibility of a possible program to help our graduates.”

For more information on Sen. Clausen’s legislative agenda, he can be reached at 651-296-4120 or via email at sen.greg.clausen@senate.mn.

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