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State Turning Down Federal Funds

Despite persistent evidence that the state’s education and health systems are not sufficiently addressing teenage sexual health, Minnesota is turning down more than $850,000 in federal funds that would support quality prevention programs for young people. This is a puzzling decision that seems driven by politics, not prevention theory. Read the full media advisory (PDF).

Press Coverage of Governor’s Decision to Turn Back Federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funds

Several media outlets covered Governor Pawlenty’s decision to turn back federal funds for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention funds, but accept federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding. This story got more complicated when the Governor issued an Executive Order directing state agencies to decline all discretionary funding associated with federal health care reform legislation. The ramifications of this action for the state are staggering.

Press Highlights:

  • Star Tribune: Pawlenty rejects $850,000 federal grant for sex ed (PDF)
  • City Pages on Governor’s Decision
  • Gail Rosenblum on Governor’s Decision
  • KARE 11 on Pawlenty’s Decision to Turn Back Federal Funding
  • MinnPost on Pawlenty’s Decision to Turn Back Federal Funding
  • Minnesota Public Radio on Governor’s Decision to Turn Back Federal Funding