Dayton gets on board with increasing aid for needy families

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton is joining a push to increase grants for low-income Minnesota families for the first time in nearly three decades.

About 30,000 families receive a monthly cash grant for housing and transportation costs through the Minnesota Family Investment Program. A family of three has received $532 a month since 1986.

The governor is aiming to bump that up by $100 monthly. He included an extra $68 million in his revised budget released Tuesday to help increase the grants.

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That move ties closely with a proposal backed by both Democratic and Republican legislators. Dayton says increasing aid to low-income Minnesota families is the right thing to do.