Farm-to-school bill heard

A proposal heard in the Agriculture Policy Committee this week appropriates $4 million in the biennium for a farm-to-school program. The program’s intent is to increase school children’s access to locally grown and unprocessed, or minimally processed, foods. Eligible recipients include public and private districts and child care providers that participate in one or more […] Read more

Ethnic minority and immigrant farmer outreach

EA proposal heard this week would appropriate $150,000 per year from the feneral fund to the commissioner of agriculture to hire a full-time emerging farmer outreach coordinator. The coordinator will work to connect ethnic minorities and immigrant farmers to agriculture opportunities and programs. Many new Minnesotans would like to farm, but the process to purchase […] Read more

Governor’s bill provides school funding increases

Governor Walz has proposed a $733 million two-year budget to provide additional funding to Minnesota schools. The state’s schools enroll around 840,000 students in over 300 school districts. The governor has also proposed various education policy changes. Both of his bill were heard in the Education Committee this week. The governor’s major provision includes a […] Read more

QComp changes would provide bonus dollars to teachers

QAlternative teacher compensation—also known as QComp – has been around for over a decade, but not all schools and teachers are able to participate because the funding is capped, with 23 schools currently on the waiting list. A bill heard in the Senate E-12 Committee this week, while not lifting the cap, would gradually increase […] Read more

Legislation to protect Minnesota seniors finally unveiled

LAfter the 2018 session ended without any of the urgently needed reforms in long-term care, legislation has finally begun moving in the Senate this year to address abuse and neglect of Minnesota seniors. The legislation was heard in the Family Care and Aging Committee this week and is based, in part, on the work of […] Read more

Senate continues efforts to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable

Legislation to combat the opioid epidemic has been slowly but surely moving through the committee process. It was heard in its fifth committee stop this week. The legislation raises annual registration fees on pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesale distributors, charging up to $250,000 to manufacturers responsible for selling the highest quantities of opiates in Minnesota. The […] Read more