Governor introduces 2019 budget proposal

Governor Walz unveiled his 2020-21 budget proposal this week, which features approximately $49.6 million in total spending or an 8.6% increase from the 2018-19 budget.

The budget makes an historic investment in education to provide every child in Minnesota with a high-quality education, regardless of their race or zip code. The Governor’s budget would close the funding gap and make sure that every child has a good teacher, receives individual attention, and has access to the materials they need to compete in today’s economy.

Every Minnesotan deserves access to quality health care at a price they can afford. The Governor’s budget includes funding to extend low-cost coverage to thousands of farmers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs. It also provides every Minnesotan with an additional health care option, encourages stability in the individual market, and makes health care more affordable in Minnesota.

Governor Walz looks to expand access to affordable childcare and housing, invest in infrastructure and broadband internet, and give local leaders the tools they need to succeed.

The February forecast comes out next week and will provide a final update on Minnesota’s economic health and guide decision making in creating a budget.

More information on the Governor’s proposal is available here.