Walz to Relocate After Pressure Over $17k Rent Bills

Anti-Walz signs reported neighboring his rental home in Sunfish Lake

Governor Walz created new controversy after using $6 million of taxpayer funds to renovate the Governor’s Mansion in St. Paul. After public backlash regarding his $17k/month rental home in Sunfish Lake, he will again be moving. This time, he will be inhabiting the Eastcliff – the soon-to-be vacant home that houses the University of Minnesota President.

Current U of M President Joan Gabel will be leaving her job in July, leaving the $4k/month home open for Walz’s family at taxpayer expense. Breaking the lease with Sunfish Lake home will cost taxpayers $51,000. 

Republican Legislators in St. Paul expressed theatrical outrage over the high rental costs, and sought to cap the amount of taxpayer dollars that the Governor could spend on rent. Of course, their efforts were shot down and the issue was almost considered settled.

However, Walz and his Democrat colleagues in the legislature have been facing severe pressure from voters over surplus spending and increased cost of living. Finally giving in, he and his administration opted for a (slightly) more reasonable arrangement.

As previously reported, taxpayers are on the hook for a rental property because Walz sold his Mankato home during his first term as Governor. Now completely relying on the taxpayers, he will in a few short months. Only biding time until the $6 million renovation of the Governor’s Mansion is complete.


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  • Russell Jackson
    commented 2023-04-27 16:52:32 -0500
    Walz should be responsible for paying the $51K. I bet if I owed the state this amount, they would be knocking at my door.
  • William Beck
    published this page in News 2023-04-25 12:09:58 -0500