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HF 1425

as introduced - 89th Legislature (2015 - 2016) Posted on 03/04/2015 11:30am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to employment; creating a pilot program to provide, repair, and maintain
motor vehicles for commuting to work; appropriating money.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text begin"GETTING TO WORK" GRANT PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Creation. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of employment and economic
development shall make grants to nonprofit organizations to establish and operate
programs under this section that provide, repair, or maintain motor vehicles to assist
eligible individuals to obtain or maintain employment.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Qualified grantee. new text end

new text begin A grantee must:
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new text begin (1) qualify under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
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new text begin (2) at the time of application offer, or have the demonstrated capacity to offer, a
motor vehicle program that provides the services required under subdivision 3.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Program requirements. new text end

new text begin (a) A program must offer one or more of the
following services:
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new text begin (1) provision of new or used motor vehicles by gift, sale, or lease;
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new text begin (2) motor vehicle repair and maintenance services; or
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new text begin (3) motor vehicle loans.
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new text begin (b) In addition to the requirements of paragraph (a), a program must offer one or
more of the following services:
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new text begin (1) financial literacy education;
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new text begin (2) education on budgeting for vehicle ownership;
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new text begin (3) car maintenance and repair instruction;
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new text begin (4) credit counseling; or
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new text begin (5) job training related to motor vehicle maintenance and repair.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Application. new text end

new text begin Applications for a grant must be by a form provided by the
commissioner and on a schedule set by the commissioner. Applications must, in addition
to any other information required by the commissioner, include the following:
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new text begin (1) a detailed description of all services to be offered;
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new text begin (2) the area to be served;
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new text begin (3) the estimated number of program participants to be served by the grant; and
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new text begin (4) a plan for leveraging resources from partners that may include, but are not
limited to:
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new text begin (i) automobile dealers;
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new text begin (ii) automobile parts dealers;
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new text begin (iii) independent local mechanics and automobile repair facilities;
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new text begin (iv) banks and credit unions;
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new text begin (v) employers;
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new text begin (vi) employment and training agencies;
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new text begin (vii) insurance companies and agents;
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new text begin (viii) local workforce centers; and
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new text begin (ix) educational institutions including vocational institutions and jobs or skills
training programs.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Participant eligibility. new text end

new text begin (a) To be eligible to receive program services,
a person must:
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new text begin (1) have a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level;
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new text begin (2) be at least 18 years of age;
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new text begin (3) have a valid driver's license;
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new text begin (4) provide the grantee with proof of motor vehicle insurance; and
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new text begin (5) demonstrate to the grantee that a motor vehicle is required by the person to
obtain or maintain employment.
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new text begin (b) This subdivision does not preclude a grantee from imposing additional
requirements, not inconsistent with paragraph (a), for the receipt of program services.
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new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Allocation of grants. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioner shall allocate grants equally
to 15 grantees so that, to the extent feasible, program services are available in every
county of the state.
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new text begin (b) If there are fewer than 15 eligible grant applicants, grant funds must be
reallocated equally among all grantees.
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new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Outcome evaluation. new text end

new text begin (a) Grantees must track and report outcome
information to the commissioner on a form provided by the commissioner. The report
must include:
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new text begin (1) the number of program participants;
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new text begin (2) the number of recipients for each service offered;
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new text begin (3) the number and percentage of program participants who report that participation
in the program resulted in, if applicable:
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new text begin (i) increased job security;
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new text begin (ii) increased wages, more work hours, or more favorable work hours;
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new text begin (iii) obtaining a new or better job;
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new text begin (iv) additional education or job training opportunities;
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new text begin (v) a higher credit score;
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new text begin (vi) new or increased access to financial services at a bank or credit union, including
opening a checking or savings account, or obtaining a loan;
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new text begin (vii) greater access to medical care;
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new text begin (viii) greater access to housing or improved housing opportunities;
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new text begin (ix) reduced reliance on public assistance programs; or
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new text begin (x) increased participation by the participant's children in school or after-school
activities; and
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new text begin (4) other information required by the commissioner.
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new text begin (b) The commissioner may accept the assistance of a for-profit or nonprofit
organization to compile and conduct an initial analysis of the information submitted
by grantees under paragraph (a), provided that the organization demonstrates it has the
resources and competency to conduct the analysis, and does not charge for its services.
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new text begin Subd. 8. new text end

new text begin Report to legislature. new text end

new text begin By February 15, 2017, the commissioner shall
submit a report to the chairs of the house of representatives and senate committees with
jurisdiction over workforce and economic development on program outcomes.
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Sec. 2. new text begin"GETTING TO WORK" GRANT PROGRAM; APPROPRIATION.
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new text begin $4,500,000 is appropriated from the general fund in fiscal year 2016 to the
commissioner of employment and economic development for the "Getting to Work"
grant program under section 1. This is a onetime appropriation. This appropriation is
available until expended.
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