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Gov. Tim Walz calls for $300M for local public safety efforts

The governor debuted his safety, health and housing plans Monday


January 24, 2023

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz released part three of his budget Monday at the Roseville Fire Department before unveiling his full two-year plan on Tuesday.

After a year of campaign-trail fights over how to tackle violent crime, DFL Gov. Tim Walz is pitching a public safety plan that includes $300 million for local governments.

Walz presented his vision for spending on safety, health and housing Monday, before debuting his full two-year budget on Tuesday. The governor is pushing for nearly $1 billion for housing initiatives, including cash to preserve affordable housing and help people with down payments. He also hopes to act on the long-held goal of opening up the public insurance program MinnesotaCare to allow more people to buy into it.

"This piece of the budget will enhance the ability to have a home, it will enhance the ability to access medical care and it will enhance our public safety professionals and communities," Walz said during a news conference at the Roseville Fire Department.


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