Governor Walz allocates funds for public safety and gun violence prevention

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ST. PAUL, MN — Minnesota’s governor announced a plan on Tuesday to direct millions of dollars in federal funding toward public safety and gun violence prevention.

The plan includes additional funding for police, the department of corrections and gun safety.

The request, allocating funds left over from Minnesota’s initial $500 million US Rescue Plan (ARP) funding, will also support children and families with resources for child care, mental health, food support , education and emergency shelter.

Tuesday’s announcement includes the following public safety measures.

Law enforcement

The plan includes $4 million for the Minnesota State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources officers, who presented funding shortfalls to the Legislature but were not funded until the end of the legislative session in 2022.

Department of Corrections

Nearly $5 million will support the Department of Corrections during staff shortages.

Gun Safety

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are developing a statewide campaign to help prevent gun-related injuries and thefts. In addition to a statewide education program helping Minnesotans learn how to safely store firearms, the Department of Public Safety will provide free cable gun locks throughout the state at community events, including the Minnesota State Fair.

Support children and families

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are working to make Minnesota the best state in the nation to raise a family. That’s why they’re investing in child care, mental health, and food security for Minnesota families across the state.

Help with childcare

$7 million will be allocated to help create stability and access to child care for approximately 340 families and 680 children in 2023 through the Child Care Assistance Program.

Mental Health

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are allocating approximately $7 million to support school mental health resources, children with complex needs, and children in mental health crisis.

Food safety

To meet immediate household food needs in the face of rising costs, more than $5 million will support household food needs by funding food shelves, food banks and meal programs.

Education

Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan believe all Minnesota students deserve a world-class education and will allocate $1.5 million to fund grants to school districts and charter schools to increase diversity among educators .

Shelter response

Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan are investing in shelter capacity to provide COVID-safe housing for people in Minnesota who are homeless. This includes $7.8 million for emergency shelters in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Workers Compensation COVID-19

The plan includes $1.9 million for workers’ compensation COVID-19 claims from state employees eligible for the extended presumption at the start of the 2022 legislative session. Covered professions include licensed peace officers , firefighters, paramedics or emergency medical technicians, nurses or health care providers, auxiliary employees in health care facilities, and correctional officers.

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