Less than a year after Governor Walz and the Legislature enacted the largest budget in Minnesota history, the Swamp in St Paul is already asking for more. Walz announced this week that he wants to put an additional $2 Billion on the state credit card and spend another $500 Million of the state surplus this year.
Here's the list of items Walz thinks Minnesota taxpayers should go into debt to pay for:
- $276 million for affordable housing
- $300 million for clean water projects
- $447 million proposal to invest in facilities for the state’s colleges and universities
- $11 million to build a 1.25‐mile elevated walkway for visitors to the Minnesota State Zoo’s oak forest
- $30 million to acquire lands for scientific and natural areas, state parks, forests, and the pheasant summit action plan
- $5.8 million to develop campgrounds at Lake Vermilion Soudan Underground Mine State Park
- $12 million for grants primarily to local governments to install a network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure
- $10 million for a grant to the City of Bloomington to build a 22,000-square-foot addition to the existing Center for the Arts
- $9.728 million for a grant to the Chatfield Economic Development Authority to complete the modernization of the Chatfield Center for the Arts
- $100,000 to design, construct, and equip a greenhouse at the veterans home in Fergus Falls
- See the full list
Do you get the picture??
Bonding bills are the vehicle for politicians in the St Paul Swamp to bring home the pork. Despite having a massive $3 Billion budget surplus, Governor Walz aims to help all his political friends bring home the pork by putting it on our credit card.