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SF 1043

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/26/2021 01:00pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; appropriating money to increase the number
of quality child care providers; requiring reports.

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

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; GRANTS FOR CHILD CARE.
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new text begin (a) $10,000,000 in fiscal year 2022 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of employment and economic development for grants to local communities
to increase the number of quality child care providers to support economic development.
This is a onetime appropriation and is available through June 30, 2023. Fifty percent of
grant funds must go to communities located outside the seven-county metropolitan area as
defined in Minnesota Statutes, section 473.121, subdivision 2.
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new text begin (b) Grant recipients must obtain a 50 percent nonstate match to grant funds in either
cash or in-kind contribution, unless the commissioner waives the requirement. Grant funds
available under this subdivision must be used to implement projects to reduce the child care
shortage in the state, including but not limited to funding for child care business start-ups
or expansion, training, facility modifications, direct subsidies or incentives to retain
employees, or improvements required for licensing, and assistance with licensing and other
regulatory requirements. In awarding grants, the commissioner must give priority to
communities that have demonstrated a shortage of child care providers.
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new text begin (c) Within one year of receiving grant funds, grant recipients must report to the
commissioner on the outcomes of the grant program, including but not limited to the number
of new providers, the number of additional child care provider jobs created, the number of
additional child care slots, and the amount of cash and in-kind local funds invested. Within
one month of all grant recipients reporting on program outcomes, the commissioner must
report the grant recipients' outcomes to the chairs and ranking members of the legislative
committees with jurisdiction over early learning and child care and economic development.
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