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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 a $2.3 billion education budget into law – the single-largest investment in public education in state history. Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan also ensured students receive free breakfast and lunch at school.

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Reproductive Freedom

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan established reproductive freedom and gender-affirming care as fundamental rights in Minnesota.

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Protecting Minnesotans

In 2023, Governor Walz signed a bill into law investing $300 million for public safety needs across the state. Whether it’s Brainerd, Rochester, or the Twin Cities, this funding is helping cities address their most urgent needs and keep Minnesotans safe. Governor Walz also took meaningful action to protect communities from gun violence, signing a red flag bill and expanded background checks into law.

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Expanding Workers’ Rights

To make Minnesota the best state for workers, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan established paid leave, ensured paid sick days, banned non-compete agreements, and increased protections for workers in Amazon warehouses, construction sites, hospitals, nursing homes, and public schools.

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Building Strong Communities

Governor Walz signed the largest infrastructure bill in Minnesota’s history into law to rebuild roads and bridges, repair fire stations and water treatment plants, and upgrade veterans’ homes, fish hatcheries, and flood mitigation systems – all while creating good-paying union jobs for Minnesotans across the state. Governor Walz also provided funding to remove and replace lead pipes across the state.

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Tax Cuts

Governor Walz made the largest tax cut in state history – cutting taxes for seniors, working families, small business owners, and students.

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Workforce Investments

Governor Walz has invested millions in workforce development to connect Minnesotans to high-growth, high-demand career fields like manufacturing, education, and public safety. Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan also invested over $1 billion in child care and early learning to lower costs and grow our workforce.

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Expanding Voting Rights

Governor Walz signed into law the largest expansion of voting rights in Minnesota in the last half century, restoring voting rights for over 55,000 formerly incarcerated people in Minnesota, establishing automatic voter registration, creating a permanent absentee voting status, and pre-registering 16- and 17-year-olds to vote.

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Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

In 2023, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan took new action to significantly lower the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and middle-class families. They also enacted the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act in 2020 to provide Minnesotans with emergency assistance and hold insulin manufacturers accountable.

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Protecting Our Environment

Governor Walz signed a bipartisan bill to lead Minnesota to 100% clean electricity by 2040 all while creating good-paying jobs for Minnesotans. In 2023 alone, he signed over 40 climate initiatives into law.

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