TIM WALZ

Gov. Walz declares emergency for conditions from snowstorm

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issues an executive order declaring an emergency to ease the strain on farmers in western Minnesota after a snowstorm hampered the harvest. It also lifts regulations on drivers carrying propane and liquid fuels. Farmers have wet conditions and damaged crops. The winter weather also slowed the processing and transportation of grain and…

Walz Considering Legislation to Pay College Athletes

Walz says college athletics is a multi-billion dollar business and athletes should have a right to agent representation.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Gov. Tim Walz says he’s willing to look at legislation that would allow college athletes in Minnesota to hire agents and make money off endorsements, like the law signed in California. Walz says he’s always been fairly uncomfortable with NCAA rules that prohibit athletes from earning endorsements. California’s first-in-the-nation law is cast as an attempt to bring more…

Minnesota House Democrats Plan 15 Cannabis Conversations

The first three community conversations will be held in Duluth, Minneapolis and St. Cloud in September and October.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota House Democrats are hitting the road for a series of town halls on how the state should go about legalizing recreational marijuana. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler says his chamber will pass a legalization bill in the 2020 session, so it’s vitally important that Minnesotans weigh in. The first three of 15 community conversations dubbed “Be Heard…

Minnesota Governor Orders State Agencies to Prepare for Pot Legalization

Walz says he's relying on supporters to continue pushing for legalization.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he’s ordered state agencies to be prepared to legalize recreational marijuana next year if the Legislature approves a bill. But Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says he’ll block the bill in the Republican-controlled chamber. Walz tells Minnesota Public Radio News that he’s relying on supporters to continue pushing for legalization. House Majority Leader…

Gov. Walz says DHS Resignations Are Nothing Controversial

MINNESOTA – Gov. Tim Walz speaks out on the resignations of three top Human Services officials. Two of which rescinded them. The Democrat says there’s no controversy. Deputy Commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson announced they were stepping down last week. DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey suddenly resigned Monday. Afterwards, Johnson and Wilson said they were no longer resigning. Walz says…

“It’s a Top Priority” Gov. Walz Discusses MN Education Budget

The new tax law makes sure farmers who pay property taxes on agricultural land won't be punished to pay for districts' budget

MINNESOTA – Gov. Tim Walz says parts of the education budget will make sure it’s equal for people living in cities and rural areas. The new tax law makes sure farmers who pay property taxes on agricultural land won’t be punished to pay for districts’ budgets. Walz says they used to pay 70% of tax dollars for districts, but only made…

Gov. Walz Signs Bill Providing More Protections for Senior Citizens

Protections include licensure for assisted living facilities and the option of putting cameras in residents' rooms

DILWORTH, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill into law that gives more protections to senior citizens. That means assisted living facilities will have to make changes, too. Minnesota is the only state that doesn’t have a standardized licensure system for them. That, along with several other provisions, will be added when the law goes in effect in 2021. “Although…

MN Health Care Access Fund Could End Under GOP Budget, Walz Wants To Keep It

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Gov. Walz held a roundtable at Lake Region Health Care about saving a funding stream for the state’s health care access fund. Minnesota’s 2% provider tax was created to increase access to care, contain health care costs and improve the quality of services for Minnesotans. . The 27-year-old tax with decades of bipartisan support is set…

Gov. Tim Walz Discusses Rural Issues at Fergus Falls’ State of the City Address

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ends his trip in Fergus Falls by attending the City address with a message of a united Minnesota. The Democrat got a standing ovation when he was introduced at Kennedy Secondary School. People were excited to have him as they believe it shows his commitment to the rural communities of the state. The…