Sen. Smith introduces legislation to assist childcare providers

Minnesota’s Senator Tina Smith recently introduced bipartisan legislation to assist child care providers.

The legislation includes provisions such as improving air filtration systems, reimbursing sanitizing costs, as well as hazard pay for employees.

The region, state and nation is facing a childcare shortage.

Last year, Beltrami County had 226 infant slots in daycares, and Sanford Bemidji recorded 887 births.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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