Communication, Regulation Changes Seen As Child Care Improvement Keys

By Maureen McMullen, Forum News Service Better communication and streamlined regulations are parts of the solution to a greater Minnesota child care crisis, according to key Republicans who will control the 2017 Legislature. Greater Minnesota home-based child care providers are dropping out, often to go to work elsewhere for far more money. Since 2006, the…
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Child Caregivers Seek Improvements

Child care providers say they face a myriad of problems the Minnesota Legislature needs to solve. Julie Seydel of the Minnesota Association of Child Care Professionals told a Senate committee Monday that her members face a range of issues: increasing paperwork, higher operating costs, increasing liability insurance premiums, ever-increasing regulations, changing interpretation of rules and…
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Lawmaker Warns Child Care Providers About Mailing

A private company is mailing forms to sell Minnesota child care providers posters that the federal government provides free, a state lawmaker says. Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, warned child care providers that although the mailings look like official government forms, they come from a profit-making company. Government regulations require businesses to post certain information and…
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Session Success Or Flop For Greater Minnesota?

Republicans took control of the Minnesota House this year by ousting 10 greater Minnesota Democrats in last November’s election, and immediately promised to make 2015 the greater Minnesota legislative session. The session has ended and rural Republicans think things went well. “I’m happy,” Republican Mary Franson of Alexandria said. Do Democrats agree? Not so much.…
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What’s The Deal With Lack Of A Deal?

Minnesota legislators are getting antsy. Their leaders have spent hours this week negotiating a $40 billion-plus, two-year state budget with Gov. Mark Dayton, but most legislators know little about what is going on at the governor’s residence and are getting worried about finishing work by Monday’s constitutional deadline. “You begin to wonder how they are…
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