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Minnesota Needs a Fair and Balanced Budget: Health and Human Services

Minnesota needs a fair and balanced budget 

This is the last full week of the regular 2015 Legislative Session. While Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL legislators are working to build a better Minnesota for all Minnesotans with the state’s $2 billion budget surplus, House GOP want $4 billion in permanent tax giveaways for corporations and special interests, to kick 90,000 working families off health care, to cut job creation programs, and shortchange our children’s futures.

Health and human services – $1.493 billion gap

Gov. Dayton’s budget would make critical investments in initiatives to strengthen families, prevent child abuse, improve mental health, provide additional outreach to parents of at-risk children, provide support and shelter for homeless and sexually-exploited youth, and seek long-term, sustainable solutions for Minnesota’s health care systems.  

By contrast, the House GOP plan would: 

  • Book $530 million in fake budget “savings”  that are unsubstantiated by the Department of Human Services, including a $283 million hole in the state budget
  • End reliable, affordable health care for 90,000 working Minnesotans and their families (44 percent of whom live in Greater Minnesota)
  • Cut funding for child care assistance for working families
  • End funding for the Statewide Health Improvement Program, which has helped communities across Minnesota reduce smoking, obesity, and chronic disease
  • Endhome visiting services for high-risk pregnant women Shortchange funding for mental health providers
  • Give no new funding for grants to prevent Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Givee no new funding to address local public health needs in Greater Minnesota
  • Dangerously under-fund essential state services for  vulnerable populations, including the mentally ill 


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