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Update from the Hill: Market Bucks, Mobile Food Shelf Funding, and More

By Ryan Johnson, Associate Program Director — Health and Nutrition

It has been a busy time at the Minnesota Legislature. As we head into the final two weeks, here is an update on where a few bills related to Family Development’s programming currently stand.

Market Bucks

The State Government Omnibus Bill Conference Committee has approved their compromise bill. The bill includes continued funding of $325,000 per year for the Market Bucks program.

Food Shelf Funding Increase and Mobile Food Shelf Funding

The Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill Conference Committee has approved their compromise bill. It includes:
  • A food shelf funding increase earmarked for fruits, vegetables, and proteins ($500,000 per year).
  • New funding for diapers to be distributed through food shelves ($65,000 per year).
  • A one-time appropriation of $2 million to continue the mobile food shelf grant program.

Good Food Access Program

The Agriculture Finance Conference Committee did not approve funding for the Good Food Access Program. However, there are still negotiations taking place with Governor Dayton to fund the Good Food Access Program.

Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

MFIP received a modest increase in the payment to families at $13 more per month in the Health and Human Services Omnibus Bill.

Urban Agriculture Development Pilot Program

The Agriculture Omnibus Bill provides $250,000 per year funding for the Urban Agriculture Development Pilot Program.

Negotiations with Governor Dayton on omnibus bills are ongoing. Once they have reached an agreement, the bill may go back to the conference committee to amend and then to the full House and Senate for approval. Then it is sent to Governor Mark Dayton for his signature (or veto).

A lot can happen between now and the end of session on Monday, May 22. Nothing is absolutely secure until Governor Dayton signs the bill. Right now, there is a lot of talk around the capitol that Governor Dayton may veto some of the omnibus bills. For now, it is wait-and-see situation until the governor takes action. If Governor Dayton vetoes a bill, it goes back to the legislature to renegotiate and advance a new bill.

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