While speaking to CGMC members during our Legislative Action Day luncheon on Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz pledged his support for a $30 million increase to the Local Government Aid program. He said he intends to include the boost in his budget proposal, which is slated to be unveiled Feb. 19.
The full video of the Governor’s Legislative Action Day speech can be viewed on our CGMC YouTube channel here.
Gov. Walz told the crowd of more than 50 city leaders who braved the frigid temperatures to attend the Legislative Action Day festivities that “community prosperity” will be one of his top three budget priorities, along with education and health care. Noting that he trusts city officials to make the decisions that are best for their communities, Gov. Walz said that restoring LGA to it 2002 funding level is an important element in ensuring that all parts of our state thrive.
In addition to LGA, Gov. Walz emphasized that he wants to pass a comprehensive transportation package this session that focuses on highways and bridges in Greater Minnesota. He reiterated his push to increase the gas tax to help pay for transportation needs. He also expressed the need for better broadband statewide, adding that “we don’t have time to wait until 2025” for improved access.
Several media outlets covered the Governor’s remarks to our members. You can read their articles at the links below:
- Star Tribune: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz proposes $30 million boost to local government aid
- Forum Communications: Walz to propose extra $30M for local government aid
- Minnesota Public Radio: Walz budget will give boost to local governments
- Minnesota News Network: Greater MN mayors like local government aid plan
In addition, the Mankato Free Press published an editorial in support of Gov. Walz’s plan to increase LGA funding.