Minn. Senate GOP Leaders Say Bills will Boost Families

Minn. Senate GOP Leaders Say Bills will Boost Families

Created: January 08, 2019 10:44 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Senate Republican leaders say the first five bills they'll introduce this session will stress the needs of families.

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At a news conference Tuesday, they said their bills will strengthen mental health programs for students and farmers, make child care more accessible and affordable by reducing regulations on providers, and seek to lower health care costs. They'll also seek to reduce child care fraud, and stop waste in the state's information technology programs. And they'll seek to bring Minnesota's tax code into sync with the new federal tax law.

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says details will be fleshed out in the committee process.

Gazelka says his discussions with incoming Democratic House speaker Melissa Hortman and new Gov. Tim Walz make him optimistic for a fresh start.

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