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ENEWS: Child care report, nonprofit legislation, & upcoming events

Date Published: 05/05/2022

Author: Erin Wilson

Update on legislation affecting MN nonprofits 

Head to this page from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for updates on state legislation that would drastically increase government oversight of nonprofits. Those updates include amendments to the Senate bill that would make the legislation apply only to nongovernmental tax-exempt organizations that receive 50% or more of their revenue from state funds. You can read about individual provisions in the bill and why they may pose complications for state nonprofits in the MNCN article linked above. 

Childcare crisis report from State’s MN Business Vitality Council 

DEED’s Minnesota Business Vitality Council released a report with recommendations to support the creation and sustainability of child care businesses. It provides recommendations for “ECE financing, cross-sector partnerships, state-level coordination, and workforce supports, including expansion of funding to bring multiple sectors together to plan for child care needs in local communities. Recommendations also include tax incentives for employers who invest in community child care capacity, plus dedicated funding and support for child care facility development,” according to DEED’s press release. 

Upcoming events: TRUE Tuesday and HCA-MN fundraiser 

The next TRUE Tuesday session will take place on May 17 from 2:30-4 p.m. It will center on “The Fight for Sovereignty,” and feature ​​attorney and Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe member Aarik Robertson as a speaker. The session aims to increase understanding of the impact of federal government policy on Indigenous tribes as well as the history of the relationship between tribes and the federal government. You can read the event description and register at this link. 

Additionally, Health Care for All Minnesota will host their spring fundraiser on May 20th. You can find ticket and guest information at this link. 

Quote:

“Early care and education (ECE), a critical part of the economic infrastructure in Minnesota, is dealing with a long-standing crisis. Barriers to creation of stable and sustainable child care businesses have resulted in insufficient supply of child care across the state. This means not enough high-quality early learning opportunities for all our youngest Minnesotans, which reinforces racial and economic disparities. It also leads to greater instability for families with young children and impacts to workforce participation as families struggle to find reliable care.” — Minnesota Business Vitality Council Child Care Business Supports Working Group Final Report & Recommendations 


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