At Issue: U of M Spending, School Lunch Access Policies

Updated: 02/17/2014 4:19 PM
Created: 02/17/2014 2:34 PM
By: Heidi Enninga

In this week's edition of At Issue, host Tom Hauser takes an in-depth look at the local political issues that affect you.

This week, the University of Minnesota unveiled two new spending projects for improvements to TCF Bank Stadium and increasing public safety. The university plans to spend $4.1 million on campus security efforts. The money will co toward more police, security cameras and better lighting.

TCF Bank Stadium, the site where the Minnesota Vikings will play until their new stadium is built, will get some upgrades including field heating, winterizing areas and temporary bleacher seating. The Vikings will foot the $6.6 million bill.

A new report showed that some of Minnesota's school districts are denying lunch to children who don't produce the money needed to pay for their meal. More than 300 schools, about 94 percent of the districts, responded to a survey about lunch policies. More than 45 school districts reported that they refuse to serve students who haven't been paid for. Some schools told researchers that they dump out the lunch tray in front of the students.

In Political Analysis, Ben Golnik, Republican strategist, and Matt Entenza, former DFL House minority leader talked with host Tom Hauser about school lunch policies and the Capitol restoration project.

In Face Off, Javier Morillo, President of the Service Employees International Union, and Republican strategist Brian McDaniel talked transportation funding and MNsure enrollment numbers.

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