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With First Executive Order, Gov. Walz Establishes ‘One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity’

1/9/2019 1:12:00 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz today signed his first executive order, establishing the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. In an effort to include voices from all different backgrounds, the order builds on a council formed by Governor Mark Dayton and expands its scope to address geographic diversity as well as important considerations around equity in Minnesota.  

“My first executive order will help ensure every action by our administration is done through the lens of One Minnesota,”said Governor Walz. “Disparities in Minnesota, including those based on race, geography, and economic status, keep our entire state from reaching its full potential. If we are going to address these challenges, we must work hand-in-hand with the communities themselves. This council will help give a voice to all Minnesotans, whether they live on the East Side of St. Paul or in East Grand Forks.”

“One Minnesota does not mean we are all the same,” Lieutenant Governor Flanagan said. “One Minnesota means we work across lines of different to improve lives. The essence of this council is that people most affected by policy at the Capitol should be included in those decisions. It’s what we campaigned on and now we are demonstrating that it’s how we will govern.”

/governor/assets/2019_01_09_EO-19-01_%28FINAL%29_tcm1055-364605.pdfPlease find a copy of the signed Executive Order here

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