At Issue: March 11 – Dayton's School Safety Plan; Prospect of US, North Korea Talks

March 11, 2018 06:29 PM

Political Analysts Weigh in on Gov. Dayton's School Safety Plan

Gov. Mark Dayton announced his plan for school safety and reducing gun violence this week at the State Capitol.

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According to Dayton, here have been 21 threats made against Minnesota schools in the past three weeks.

He unveiled what he's calling The Safe and Secure Schools Act, and said he wants it in place by next school year.

Dayton's plan calls for nearly $16 million in safety upgrades at school facilities and for intervention and support for expelled students. It also calls for an additional $5 million to strengthen mental health programs at schools.

RELATED: Dayton Suggests $21M to Improve School Safety

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota's Annette Meeks says she thinks there's a lot of concern, especially regarding the mental health money, and believes people do want to do something to make sure kids are safe.

When it comes to funding sources, former DFL State Senator Ember Reichgott Junge says she believes the money will come from new and existing funds.

The Minnesota House also heard a few bills aimed at diverting existing funds for long-term school maintenance to safety and security uses.

There are also several proposals under review that aim to reduce gun violence and make it harder for criminals and minors to access guns.

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Minnesota Weighs in on Possibility of Trump-Kim Meeting

A Minnesota woman with ties to North Korea says she feels a range of emotions as leaders from the U.S. and North Korea mull a potential meeting.

Hyon Kim came to the U.S. from South Korea in her 20s, but still has family in North Korea.

She lives in Roseville and works with the Midwest Alliance for North Korean refugees to educate Minnesotans about the plight of people and bring them to safety in the U.S.

RELATED: 'I Worry Every Night About War': Minnesotan on US-Korean Talks

She says she worries every night about war.

The meeting between the two world powers could end the nuclear weapons program.

Republican strategist Brian McDaniel said it's possible that President Trump knows how to deal with somebody like Kim Jong-un.

Former DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson said the potential for the U.S. to convince North Korea to limit or give up its nuclear program would be a step forward for the world.

The White House says the president won't hold the meeting unless North Korean leaders take concrete steps to address promises made.

RELATED: South Korea: Trump to Meet With North's Kim by May

Those include promises by North Korea to denuclearize, stop its nuclear and missile testing, and others.

The time and place of the meeting has not been determined.

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