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Gov. Tim Walz aims to 'fundamentally make some changes' in struggling Minnesota child care industry

Governor's push comes as Build Back Better, which would have expanded affordable child care, has stalled


December 30, 2021

Mark Vancleave, Star Tribune

Rasheena Bickham, parent and program manager at Catholic Charities' Northside Child Development Center, read to one-year-old Ju'Morah Tyus and five-month-old Kasai Anderson, left, on Wednesday in Minneapolis.

It is the paradox of the child care system: too few workers are earning too little money while parents are paying too much.

Gov. Tim Walz is making the case that "this is the moment" for a permanent change to help families with child care, as state leaders head into the 2022 legislative session with a projected $7.7 billion state budget surplus.

"Our economic future depends on it. The growth that we want to experience, that all of us want to see, is going to depend on it," Walz said last week at a virtual panel with parents, child care providers and business leaders. He said he does not yet have a dollar figure for how much more the state should devote to child care, but noted, "this is going to take some investments."


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