Governor's Newsletter: Supporting Minnesota's Veterans

Office of the Governor, Mark Dayton Email Newsletter

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“Minnesota Veterans have served our state and nation with courage and dedication. It is our duty to ensure they have the support they need to get back to work when their service ends.”
--Governor Mark Dayton


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Veterans GI Bill

Governor Dayton Proposes Expanding Support for Minnesota Veterans

November 10 — As the Dayton Administration strives to get Minnesota working again, Governor Dayton proposed expanding the Minnesota GI Bill to provide thousands of Veterans access to new job training. 

“Minnesota Veterans have served our state and nation with courage and dedication. It is our duty to ensure they have the support they need to get back to work when their service ends.  Expanding the GI Bill to all Minnesota Veterans will help Veterans get the education and training they need to find good jobs,” Governor Dayton said. 
In a highly-competitive job market, Veterans often need additional education and skills training to reenter the workforce. This need for continued educational development is not limited to recent Veterans and by expanding the Minnesota GI Bill, Governor Dayton will make sure all Veterans have access to the job skills they need to be successful in today’s economy.

Governor Dayton also announced that he will work with the legislature to provide permanent funding for the military honor guard program. >> Read More

Related stories:
>> Governor Dayton's Veterans Day Address
>> Minnesota receives $1.18 million transit grant for veterans and military families


State Employees
State Employees Leading the Way in Government Reform 

November 17 — Governor Dayton announced the first Better Government for a Better Minnesota award winners.  When he took office in January, Governor Dayton made the continuous improvement of government services one of his administration’s top priorities.  These awards recognize the critical role that state employees have in building a culture of continuous improvement in state government.   

The winners include the Department of Health Newborn Screening Long Term Follow-up Unit for significantly shortening the time new parents need to wait for results of their newborn hearing test and the Department of Revenue Electronic Check Processing Team for saving Minnesota taxpayers $1 million in check processing costs. >> Read More

Check out the Spotlight on Reform section below for more information on the award winners.
Permitting Reform
Governor Dayton Moves to Simplify MN's Environmental Review Process

November 16 — Building on the Administration’s success in streamlining the permitting process for businesses while preserving environmental protections, Governor Dayton signed Executive Order 11-32, ordering the Environmental Quality Board to conduct an assessment and deliver recommendations to improve Minnesota’s complex environmental review process.    
The announcement builds on the Dayton Administration’s successful model of permitting reform. In just seven months, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued more than 1,300 new permits within the Governor’s goal of 150 days or less.   This 96% success rate in new permits has played a critical role in ensuring the department is “moving at the speed of commerce” so businesses can grow and retain jobs in Minnesota.  >> Read More

Minnesota Turkey

Thanksgiving Turkey
November 18 — Governor Dayton sees off a Minnesota turkey to take part in the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House. He was joined by four Future Farmers of America students from Willmar High School.

Spotlight on Reform

>> Helping Infants with Hearing Loss at the Department of Health

>> Electronic Check Processing at the Department of Revenue

>> DNR and MnDOT Bridge the Gap to Streamline Project Permitting

>> Faster Licensing of Grain and Produce at the Department of Agriculture