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Gov. Tim Walz promotes plan to expand Minnesota’s economy over the next decade

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Traci Tapani, left, co-owner of Wyoming Machine Inc. and a member of the Governor’s Council on Economic Expansion, speaks with Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. STACY, Minn. – Gov. Tim Walz used the setting of a sheet metal manufacturer on Wednesday to promote a sweeping 10-year plan to expand Minnesota’s economy, while renewing his call for a special session in the short term to help Minnesotans struggling with high prices.

“We have the capacity to do both those things,” Walz said, surrounded by humming equipment on the floor at Wyoming Machine. “Short-term triage, lowering taxes, investment infrastructure and implementing some of these long term plans.”

The plan was developed over the span of nearly a year by a council of 15 business, nonprofit, labor leaders and members of the governor’s cabinet. It includes dozens of recommendations, everything from investing in childcare, public safety and arts programs to making Minnesota the top state in teacher salaries.

Leaders on the governor’s Council on Economic Expansion said Minnesota is at an “inflection point” after the pandemic.

“So much has happened in the state and in our country in the last couple of years that have reshaped our personal […]

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