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Signature Accomplishments

Governor Walz's Signature Accomplishments

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan took office in January 2019 on the promise of One Minnesota: the vision that, while we are not all the same, we are at our best when we work across lines of difference to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. Facing unprecedented challenges, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan led with a focus on investing in the things that matter most: children and families, economic opportunity, health and safety, and strong local communities. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor continue building on the accomplishments of their first term to improve the lives of Minnesotans across the state. 

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Historic investments in education

Governor Walz signed two education budget bills in 2019 and 2021 with historic investments in our schools, helping our students recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and receive a quality education to ensure they succeed for years to come.

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Health Care and Reproductive Freedom

Governor Walz signed the PRO Act into law, establishing reproductive freedom as a fundamental right for every Minnesotan. Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan also preserved the Health Care Access Fund, supporting the 1.4 million Minnesotans who rely on public health programs.

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Protecting Minnesotans

In 2020, Governor Walz signed the Minnesota Police Accountability Act, which will begin to address systemic inequities in Minnesota’s criminal justice system. As he continues working to get his half a billion dollar public safety plan passed, Governor Walz signed legislation into law that will crack down on catalytic converter theft.

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Strong and equitable economy

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan have strengthened Minnesota’s economy, achieving a historically low unemployment rate and high workforce participation. Governor Walz also signed bills to cut taxes for families, balance budgets, and expand access to community college programs through grant investments.

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Job creation

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan’s Local Jobs and Projects Plan – the largest bonding bill in Minnesota’s history – made a historic $1.9 billion investment in infrastructure projects across the state to maintain existing buildings, invest in communities, and create thousands of jobs for Minnesotans.

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Tax cuts

Governor Walz has cut taxes with every one of his budgets. In 2019, Governor Walz signed a bill to give over 2 million Minnesotans an income tax cut – and his 2021 tax bill included over a billion dollars in tax relief and tax forgiveness for businesses and individuals who needed help during the pandemic.

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Supporting Businesses

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan's COVID-19 Recovery Budget helped small businesses stay afloat while driving economic recovery by investing $70 million in relief for small businesses across the state; $80 million in statewide grants to address the greatest economic development and redevelopment needs; and $597 million to support child care businesses and increase access to affordable, quality child care.

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Building One Minnesota

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan worked with a divided state legislature to come together on bipartisan budget agreements that improves the lives of Minnesotans. 

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Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Law and Opioid settlement

Governor Walz signed the historic Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act to provide emergency assistance to Minnesotans struggling to afford their insulin. Governor Walz also signed a bill into law to help combat the opioid epidemic by implementing a fee on opioid manufacturers that goes toward providing communities with resources to address opioid addiction.

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Protecting Our Environment

Governor Walz signed a bipartisan bill to lead Minnesota to 100% clean energy by 2040 while creating tens of thousands of new good paying jobs for Minnesotans.

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