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Walz tours state to advocate for bonding bill

Updated: February 12, 2020 05:27 PM

A day into the start of the legislative session, Gov. Tim Walz is touring the state to advocate for his $2 billion bonding bill.

Wednesday, he spent time at the recycling and energy center in Newport. Located in Ramsey County, it brings in 13% of the state's waste and the governor says it needs work. Nearly $8 million worth of it.

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If Walz's bonding bill passes, the waste center would be able to start projects that will improve its environmental footprint, be more efficient (because of artificial intelligent machinery), and add jobs.

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This wasn't Walz's first stop. He's been around the state highlighting why his bonding bill would best benefit the state. From public safety, water quality and now infrastructure, the governor has no plans on slowing down to push for his bonding bill.

He knows it's going to be a tough road ahead. When asked what he thinks will be the toughest challenge to having a successful session will be, Walz said, "The presidential election."

The governor fears the divisiveness may be too deep. But, he has hopes public pressure will push both sides to come to reasonable compromises.

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