Minnesota Governor Tim Walz released his supplemental budget recommendations this week, urging budgetary caution amid the COVID-19 outbreak. His recommendations were focused on fiscal restraint and prioritizing emergency and pressing needs.
Specifically, the governor recommends paying back the $491 million we borrowed last session from our budget reserves and leaving $1.2 billion on the bottom line. He also recommends funding investments to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies, including Minnesota’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other areas he recommends focusing supplemental budget dollars on:
- Investing in Minnesota’s mental health crisis
- Keeping our communities, neighborhoods, police officers, and correctional facilities safe
- Addressing the backlog in the sexual assault examination kits in Minnesota
- Funding to improve transit and farm safety
- Ensuring Minnesota is REAL ID ready by October 1, 2020
- Combating youth vaping epidemic
- Providing emergency shelters for the homeless and veterans
- Addressing the child care shortage
The governor’s supplemental budget recommendation is a responsible proposal that makes needed investments while preserving our state’s fiscal stability in a time of great uncertainty.