Walz, Flanagan introduce $857M proposal for public safety, emergency services

Updated: January 15, 2020 06:32 PM

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan went to the state's cramped Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday to propose a $29.5 million replacement as part of his $2 billion public infrastructure borrowing proposal for the 2020 legislative session.

The new center was part of a $857 million package the Democratic governor proposed investing in public safety and asset preservation projects statewide. He also proposed a list of $675 million worth of local projects for communities across Minnesota.

And for the first time Walz put a precise total on his overall borrowing proposal, also known as a bonding bill, of $2.028 billion. That figure also includes packages the governor announced earlier this week and last week for housing, water projects and higher education facilities.

The governor used the obsolete emergency operations center to highlight the kinds of facilities that would be replaced or upgraded under his proposal.

A bonding bill will be among the top items on the agenda for the 2020 session, which convenes Feb. 11. Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said Monday that he'd prefer to see a package under $1 billion, while Democratic House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler has floated a number as high as $3.5 billion.

Gov. Walz proposes $276 million for affordable housing projects

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Walz, Flanagan propose $447M for state colleges and universities

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