Gov. Tim Walz proposes record $2 billion public works plan
January 16, 2020
DFL Gov. Tim Walz unveiled the final phase of a $2 billion state bonding package Wednesday, laying out the details of an ambitious public works plan that Republican lawmakers immediately criticized as bloated and costly.
The money would pay for a record number of local projects around the state, from repurposing a monorail track as a walkway at the Minnesota Zoo to repairing a sea wall and lakewalk in Duluth. Significant state building projects Walz debuted Wednesday included $29.5 million for a new Emergency Operations Center and $21.3 million for improvements to the laboratory that serves the state health and agricultural departments.