More Details Of Dayton Budget 24 Jan 13

In the far corners of Governor Dayton’s newly-proposed budget are some lesser-heralded changes that would alter how Minnesota residents pay for and interact with their government from the cradle to the grave. These fine-print details won’t be as controversial as the governor’s sales or income tax plans, but they could dictate how the state tackles childhood obesity, stretches the availability of broadband internet and disposes of old paint and carpet. The recommendations range from opening public health insurance programs to 80,000 more people to giving the Science Museum $11,000 to foster field trips and other student outreach for schools in all 87 counties. New or increased fees are sprinkled throughout the package as well. Insurance companies, mining prospectors and parents of newborns are among those who would pay more.