Politics and Government

Walz: $447 million in state borrowing needed for higher education

Governor at podium
Gov. Tim Walz speaks about potential bonding bill projects at the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development in October 2019. The University of Minnesota would receive $224 million in state bonding money in a proposal Walz released Monday.
Tim Pugmire | MPR News 2019

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Monday announced $447 million in proposed borrowing for projects on college campuses throughout the state.

Walz made the announcement at Anoka-Ramsey Community College as part of a series of presentations highlighting the major areas of his bonding proposal, which is expected to reach about $2 billion. A final announcement on public safety-related projects is expected Wednesday.

Republicans have already criticized the governor’s proposal for being too big.

Walz said during a news conference Monday that investments are needed to build, repair and upgrade higher education facilities so the state doesn’t fall behind.

“If we neglect the workforce that we have, if we neglect looking towards the future, the entire state will suffer economically. We’ll suffer culturally, and on an individual basis. Not providing those opportunities for folks to live their fullest potential is simply not the way Minnesotans go,” he said.

Anoka-Ramsey would be in line for $16 million for construction of nursing and business classrooms. The University of Minnesota would get $224 million, including $29 million for the University of Minnesota to replace the child development building that Walz visited last fall.