Gov. Tim Walz proposes bigger rebate checks as surplus grows
The governor's updated supplemental budget faces gridlock at the Capitol
March 18, 2022
Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday called for spending more of the state's record-breaking projected budget surplus on public health, a financial boost for some retirees and bigger tax rebate checks for millions of Minnesotans.
State leaders found out last month that they had an estimated surplus of nearly $9.3 billion that they could use in the current legislative session, a $1.5 billion jump from the previous forecast.
"We're seeing our economy, even at a time of turmoil, being resilient. One of the best things we can do for that economy and for families is put money into their pockets right now," the DFL governor said as he pitched boosting the sum of his suggested "Walz checks" in a revised supplemental budget proposal.