Especially in these times of great economic concern, we have to do right by all our children at the State Capitol. Two recent proposals by the Republican majority give me great concern we are abandoning them.
The Republicans just passed their first budget-cutting bill, which made $900 million in cuts to local governments, health care and higher education. While the wealthiest Minnesotans were spared any sacrifice, vulnerable children were not so lucky. Republicans cut $28 million from Children and Community Services (CCS) grants used predominantly for child protection. Counties use these funds to protect abused children or vulnerable pregnant teenagers. In Hennepin County, 100% of the CCS grants are used for child protection. I voted against this bill and am pleased that Governor Dayton vetoed it.