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Dayton budget plan highlights

ST. PAUL -- Here are some key areas of increased spending Gov. Mark Dayton wants in Minnesota's two-year budget that begins July 1: o $609 million for kindergarten-through-high school education programs. o $75 million to expand voluntary pre-kind...

ST. PAUL - Here are some key areas of increased spending Gov. Mark Dayton wants in Minnesota's two-year budget that begins July 1:

β€’ $609 million for kindergarten-through-high school education programs.

β€’ $75 million to expand voluntary pre-kindergarten classes.

β€’ $84 million to expand access to child care and $61 million for child care tax credits

β€’ $318 million for Minnesota State and University of Minnesota systems for student financial aid and other needs.

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β€’ $300 million in a variety of tax cuts to benefit 450,000 Minnesotans.

β€’ $60 million to expand high-speed internet coverage, especially in rural Minnesota.

β€’ $30 million increase in state aid for cities and counties.

β€’ $312 million to lower individual health insurance policy premiums for 125,000 people.

β€’ $477 million various for clean-water programs.

β€’ $25 million to hire more clinical and security staff at Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter.

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