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Walz pitches public safety spending plan to reduce crime

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz speaks from the Governor's Reception room at the State Capitol, to discuss the latest steps in his response to COVID-19, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has released the public safety portion of his supplemental budget featuring hundreds of millions of dollars for law enforcement agencies and community groups to reduce crime.

Funding for the Democratic governor’s health and public safety plan release Wednesday would come from the state’s $7.7 projected budget surplus and just over $1 billion in leftover federal aid.

Senate Republicans released their own agenda on Wednesday, listing their top priorities as permanent tax cuts, student literacy and crime. House DFL lawmakers on Monday introduced a $100 million public safety plan.

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