Walz needs GOP help to deliver on agenda for rural Minnesota

Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz takes questions about the state's budget forecast which was released Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. Photo: AP/ Jim Mone
Minnesota Governor-elect Tim Walz takes questions about the state's budget forecast which was released Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn.

February 20, 2019 04:54 PM

Gov. Tim Walz's budget contains lots of things that leaders from greater Minnesota have been seeking - more money for schools, local governments, highways and rural broadband to name just a few.

But the new Democratic governor's chances of delivering on them will depend on whether he can find enough support among GOP senators. They come mostly from greater Minnesota and generally oppose the tax proposals that would fund his spending initiatives, such as a 20-cent gas tax hike.

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