Walz to release budget plan for next 2 years

February 19, 2019 06:14 AM

Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz will lay out his vision for Minnesotans during the next two years.

Walz will give his first budget to state lawmakers and it's expected to total more than $47 billion in spending.

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The governor said, for him, the budget is not only a fiscal document, but also a moral one and that it's a reflection of Minnesotans' values.

"Every child – black, white, brown, and indigenous – gets a quality education; everyone has access to affordable health care, and our communities are not just surviving but they're thriving in every zip code across this state," Walz stated in a video to announce the budget.

Sticking with his campaign themes, Walz is calling it the "One Minnesota" budget.

The budget is expected to include more money for education, health care and local governments.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan discussed some of the newer elements in the budget, specifically looking at Native American communities.

Flanagan said the budget will include the work of "traditional healers" to help address the opioid crisis and that their administration took the time to consult with tribes before crafting the budget.

"It shouldn't be news that we want to do that," Flanagan said. "It shouldn't be news that we're doing that, but it is because it's never been done."

Republican lawmakers said they're keeping an eye out for several things in the budget as well, specifically a gas tax increase and a buy-in to MinnesotaCare.

The budget is expected to be released Tuesday at noon.


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