Walz celebrates budget as House leaders credit ‘win-wins’
ST PAUL, MINNESOTA - JUNE 03: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz speaks to the press on June 3, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Earlier today the state's Attorney General Keith Ellison announced that charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter had been filed against former Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao in the death of George Floyd. Ellison also announced that charges against former officer Derek Chauvin were upgraded to second-degree murder. On May 25, Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine minutes while detaining him on suspicion of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. Floyd went unconscious and died at the scene. The other officer were part of the responding team. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Gov. Tim Walz is celebrating the completion of a $52 billion state budget and new milestones in Minnesota’s fight against COVID-19. Walz held a ceremonial signing Thursday of copies of the big budget bills that the Legislature sent him just hours before the old budget expired. As of Thursday, 70% of Minnesotans 18 and older had received at least their first vaccine shots. Walz says Minnesota is only the second Midwestern state to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of 70% by July 4. Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman credits a search for “win-wins” with Senate Republicans for the special session’s accomplishments.