More details are spilling out from Gov. Mark Dayton about his upcoming budget proposal, and this time it's about new money for education programs.
Dayton told a conference of child advocacy groups Friday that he'll recommend about $372 million for expanded early education scholarships, Head Start programs and subsidized school breakfast. An aide said later that an increase in the basic per-pupil funding allowance will be part of that, too.
In addition, Dayton is set to propose around $160 million for social service programs that benefit struggling families, perhaps through extra child care assistance.
On top of $100 million Dayton has suggested for child-care tax credits, he has now disclosed his plans for the bulk of a projected $1 billion budget surplus.
His full two-year budget is due out Tuesday.
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