Walz touts education budget in New Hope, discusses marijuana defeat

"There's a very out of touch group in this country and they seem to be concentrated heavily in the Minnesota senate right now"

Sloane Martin
March 12, 2019 - 4:57 pm
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Lawmakers at the capitol are narrowing down their priorities heading into the second half of the legislative session. Gov. Tim Walz is trying to make sure education funding is at the top of the list as he hopes to push his budget through.

It calls for pre-K thru-12 spending of $733 million, including $158 million in higher education.

In the final stop of a five day statewide education tour, he visited with pre-school kids and teachers at Meadow Lake elementary in the Robbinsdale district. 

He wants opponents of the budget to see the long term investment in universal pre-K and supporting students early on.

"That idea of a strong public school system is one of the strongest attractors of business that we have in Minnesota," he said. "I tell people these investments we make will have a return on the investment that we know with early childhood these kids sitting here it's 12 to one to for every dollar we spend here, we'll get 12 back from them over their lifetime."

He also responded to the senate committee defeat of the proposal to allow recreational marijuana on a party-line 6-3 vote. He called out the senate saying their declaration of certain proposals being dead is unproductive and that he's disappointed there couldn't be more conversation.

"There's a very out of touch group in this country and they seem to be concentrated heavily in the Minnesota senate right now, so I think they need to rethink that," he said.

Walz says he has no plans to create a task force to explore legalizing recreational marijuana.