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Minn. Public Schools to Get $636M in State Back Pay

KSTP | 9/30/2013 

Minnesota officials announced Monday that schools will get about $636 million in back pay from state government soon thanks to an improved economy and a law putting them first in line for surplus tax collections.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders of the Democratic legislative majorities highlighted the payback as a sign the state is back on track and close to satisfying more than $2.8 billion in IOUs that piled up during lean times. The latest installment leaves about $238 million in outstanding debt to schools. [Read More]

State Education Funding sees major overhaul in finances

St. James Plaindealer | 9/30/2013

Students across the state have started to return to a new school year. Many times a new school year comes with a mix of anxiety, but this year, thanks to a windfall of government spending, most school boards state-wide, at least, are breathing a sigh of relief.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the education budget bill in May, boosting funding for public schools throughout the next two years. The biggest impact of the $485 million influx comes in the form of a full-day kindergarten push, making all day, every day kindergarten a possibility for every school in the state. [Read More]


Delta Airlines Plans to Hire on the Range

Fox21 | 10/2/2013

If you live on the Iron Range and you're looking for a job nearly 30 new positions are opening up in Chisholm.

Next week, they will be at the Minnesota Workforce Center in Hibbing giving a presentation and answering questions about the open positions. [Read More]

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Minnesota paves the way for veterans employment

Pioneer Press | 10/2/2013

Minnesota and Wisconsin are among six states selected by the National Governors Association to launch pilot programs to help veterans find jobs.

Each state will develop a plan to help service members leaving the military gain civilian credentials in three of these five occupations: truck driving, law enforcement, EMT or paramedic work, licensed practical nursing, plus another health-care occupation of the state's choice, the association said in a news release Wednesday.

The six states also will work to reduce the number of unemployment claims and the length of time veterans draw benefits. In addition, they will study ways to reduce costs for veterans receiving credentials. [Read More]


Dayton mulls 'Unsession' ideas for nimbler government

Pioneer Press | 10/2/2013

One Minnesotan told Gov. Mark Dayton to "stop signing the bill with 10 pens, plus you give these things away."

Another suggested: "Have prisoners and healthy people on welfare give back to the system by generating electricity on stationary bikes."

A third simply pleaded, "Governor Dayton and MN Legislature, Please love us."

Those were among the 442 ideas that poured into Dayton's online suggestion box after he asked Minnesotans in August for proposals to make state government work better, faster, simpler or cheaper. 

State employees submitted 859 more suggestions.

Dayton was looking for ideas to propose to what he's calling an "unsession" of the Legislature next year. [Read More]

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