Senator Liz Boldon applauds Governor’s focus on lowering costs and providing stability
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced their budget priorities for children and families Tuesday, which include historic investments in childcare, early learning, and the creation of a new Department of Children, Youth, and Families. In response to their announcement, Assistant DFL Leader Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester) applauded the administrations priorities.
“I’m very excited to continue the work to support the health, wellbeing and success of families and young Minnesotans. Gov. Walz and Lt. Gov. Flanagan’s budget prioritizing those needs will make huge differences in the lives of Minnesotans. These investments in early learning and childcare will lower costs for Rochester families and ensure that our youngest learners are getting the high-quality care they need to develop healthy lives,” said Sen. Boldon.
The high cost and lack of access to high-quality childcare options is one of the top issues facing families across the state, especially in communities like Rochester. By investing in an expanded Dependent Care Credit, families would see immediate relief on their family budget.
“As two working parents with a toddler, we would be thrilled to see the proposal for the expanded Dependent Care Credit become a reality. Every new parent quickly learns how expensive and stressful it can be to find childcare, and financial support on this scale would make a huge difference to families like ours,” said Dan and Lisa Speckhard-Pasque, residents of Rochester.
In addition to the immediate costs addressed by the expansion of the Dependent Care Credit, the creation of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families and investment in the state Child Care Assistance Program, providers would have an unprecedented new level of state support for this critical industry.
“I am excited and beyond thrilled to see the historic and bold budget that Gov. Walz released addressing early care and education! With these big, bold investments into our childcare system, we can start adequately addressing the fact that every child and family in Minnesota deserves affordable, equitable childcare. This also begins to address higher industry standards in our childcare workforce, so early educators are treated, paid, and respected like the professional teachers we are,” added Karin Swenson, the Executive Director of Meadow Park Preschool and Child Care Center in Rochester.
Additional information about the Governor’s proposal is available online here.