“Lunch Box Tax Cut” Will Help Students Learn, Keep Money in Pockets of MN Families
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement today after the Governor signed into law Senator Heather Gustafson’s (DFL-Vadnais Heights) and Rep. Sydney Jordan (DFL-Minneapolis) bill providing free school breakfast and lunch for all Minnesota students:
Majority Leader Dziedzic said the measure is a key part of the Senate DFL majority’s efforts to help students learn, and to help keep more money in the pockets of Minnesota families.
“We know that hungry students can’t learn, and this new law will ensure that every child can focus on their studies while at school without worrying about not having enough eat,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic. “As a former teacher, Senator Gustafson understands this. She calls this new law a “lunch box tax cut” because it will not only help students, but will also lower costs for families across Minnesota.”
Senator Gustafson estimates that a family of four living in the the White Bear lake District would save $1,900 per year under the new law.
Senator Gustafson and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Mary Kunesh (DFL-New Brighton) joined Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan at Webster Elementary in Northeast Minneapolis to celebrate the bill signing. Majority Leader Dziedzic is recovering from surgery earlier this week and was unable to attend the ceremony.