St. Louis County Sets 2019 Legislative Priorities

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Baihly Warfield
Created: November 28, 2018 09:08 AM

FLOODWOOD, Minn. - When the legislature reconvenes in January, St. Louis County would like to see lawmakers focus on human services reforms.

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The Board of Commissioners set its 2019 legislative priorities at Tuesday's meeting. Many of them fall in the human services category.

The board wants increased funding for substance abuse prevention and treatment and for the state to stop shifting Children's Residential Treatment Services costs onto the counties.

Also on the topic of children, commissioners pointed out that Minnesota ranks 49th in state child protection funding, so they are asking for an increase in state funding. 

On other topics, the St. Louis County Board believes the state should reform the Taconite Production Tax Distribution. One of the suggestions there is to establish a $3-5 million community college scholarship.

Lastly, increasing access to rural broadband continues to be an issue and priority in St. Louis County. 


Baihly Warfield

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