2019 SRDC Legislative Priorities
Legislative Priority #1: Fund Implementation of the Recommendations of the Legislative Task Force on Access to Affordable Child Care
As part of the SRDC’s ongoing Strategic Planning Process, child care has risen to the level of one of the agency’s top priorities. SRDC’s Strategic Goal #2, Responding to the Needs of the Region’s Changing Population, Priority #1 is “Expansion of Daycare Services for Children and Adults in the Region.” Numerous articles have been published documenting the need for daycare, especially in the rural areas, yet it is difficult to develop a specific ask of the legislature when the problem itself is so varied. The 2016 Minnesota Legislature formed a Task Force to address the shortage of adequate daycare and came up with some specific recommendations.
Legislative Priority #2: Support for the Expansion of Broadband Access
The SRDC assists local units of government in the region with many economic development projects, a large component of which is being able to provide adequate Broadband Access for new and existing businesses to allow them to be competitive in a national and global economy.
Legislative Priority #3: Workforce Issues
The SRDC assists local units of government in the region with many economic development projects, a large component of which is being able to provide adequate workforce for new and existing businesses to allow them to be competitive in a national and global economy. Workforce includes various efforts to attract and retain qualified individuals to live and work in our communities. In addition to the SRDC’s Daycare Legislative Priority, the SRDC also supports other efforts to supply an adequate workforce to the region’s businesses.
Summary of Other Legislative Issues of Importance: Legislative Committee Recommendations
SRDC Legislative Committee
Miron Carney (Committee Chairman)
Murray County Municipalities
Lincoln County Townships
Jackson County Commissioner
Nobles County Townships
Lyon County Townships
Lyon County Commissioner
Jackson County Townships
Rock County Municipalities
City of Worthington
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