Our first legislative update of the 2016 session:
March 16, 2016 – Governor Dayton released his supplemental budget yesterday (March 15), which included some additional investments in economic opportunity.
Included in his proposal was additional funding for Pathways to Prosperity, which provides education and skills-based training and credentials to adults who have multiple barriers to employment. The program focuses on career pathways to expand opportunities for good-paying jobs that can support families.
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During this year’s legislative session, we have several key initiatives:
Specific top priorities for this year include:
Other priorities include:
Reduce the severity of drug-sentencing laws. As compared to the other states, Minnesota has the 8th-highest rate of people under correctional control. A major contributing factor is our state’s uncommonly long drug sentencing policies. The Second Chance Coalition will work to reduce the length and severity of sentences for non-violent drug offenses and eliminate mandatory minimum drug sentences.