Governor Dayton Proposing School Safety Spending Package 08 Mar 18

Governor Mark Dayton is proposing a $21 million spending package designed to boost school safety and and help target students prone to school violence.

Dayton introduced the package Wednesday at the State Capitol in St. Paul, proposing $16 million to better secure school infra-structure, and an additional $5 million for mental health services grants focused on students who may need help.

Since the shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida, there have been 21 threats made or investigated within Minnesota Schools, including Thief River Falls, Crookston and Trek North in Bemidji.

Separate from his school security plan, Dayton yesterday also pushed his gun reform package, calling for criminal background checks for all firearms sales, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons to anyone under age 21, and a “Red Flag Law,” allowing judges to temporarily suspend access to firearms if a person is a threat to themselves or others.