(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota House Democratic leaders want to spend a little less than half of the state's one-point-three billion dollar budget surplus to help families afford preschool and child care. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party leaders explained the spending plan at a state capitol news conference. The proposal would target public pre-K programs, preschool scholarships and the Child Care Assistance Program. Minnesota ranks fourth nationwide in day care costs. Republican State Senate leaders, however, want to use the surplus on state construction.