Chatter: Franken Question Leads To Sessions’ Spotlight

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Russia problems became big news the past few days thanks to Sen. Al Franken. The Minnesota Democrat asked Sessions about the Donald Trump presidential campaign’s ties to Russia. Since Sessions was close to the campaign, Franken thought it a legitimate question as senators weighed whether to approve Sessions to be…
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Child Care Providers Blame Over-Regulation For Minnesota Shortage

By Maureen McMullen A bobby pin left on a bathroom counter might go unnoticed in most homes, but the tiny object sparked a larger discussion about home child care regulations in Minnesota. For child care providers like Julie Seydel, who has been licensed in Anoka County for 14 years, a stray bobby pin could be…
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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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