Governor Walz Weekly Briefing

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Friday, March 4, 2022

Governor Walz Weekly Briefing

Governor Walz Signs Executive Order to Condemn Russian Aggression, Support People of Ukraine by Ending Support to Russian Entities

Governor Walz signed an executive order on Friday to condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine and support the people of Ukraine by requiring that state agencies terminate existing contracts with Russian entities and refrain from entering into future contracts with Russian entities.

“Minnesota stands firmly with Ukraine and strongly condemns the Russian government’s actions,” said Governor Walz. “Today, I signed an Executive Order directing my cabinet agencies to stop doing business with Russian entities to help ensure that our state does not aid the Russian government’s aggression against Ukraine. I encourage other individuals, companies, and organizations to stand with their Ukrainian neighbors and end support to Russian entities. I also urge Minnesotans to support our fellow Russian Minnesotans, many of whom are horrified and alarmed by the Russian government’s aggression toward Ukraine.”

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Visit St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan sit in a church as they meet with Ukrainian Community members.

Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan spent Wednesday morning at St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church in Minneapolis. They met with Ukrainian community leaders to express their solidarity with Ukraine and the community here in Minnesota.

Governor Walz Stops by Kramarczuk Deli for Lunch

Governor Walz smiles as he shakes hands with the owners of Kramarczuk Deli - a Ukrainian-owned business.

Governor Walz continued to show his support for Minnesota’s Ukrainian and Eastern European communities and small businesses on Thursday by stopping by Kramarczuk Deli in Minneapolis for lunch. The Governor encourages all Minnesotans to rally around and stand with our Ukrainian neighbors and friends.

Governor Walz Joins President Biden and First Lady Dr. Biden in Superior to Highlight Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Minnesota Governor Walz and Wisconsin Governor Evers show the President and the First Lady the Blatnik Bridge.

Photo courtesy of the White House

Also on Wednesday, Governor Walz joined President Biden and First Lady Dr. Biden in Superior, WI to highlight investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With help from this law, Minnesota can move forward on projects like the Blatnik Bridge, which connects Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Discuss What $300 Million Public Safety Proposal Would Mean for St. Louis Park

Lieutenant Governor Flanagan smiles as she shakes hands with a St. Louis Park city leader.

Also on Thursday, Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan stopped in St. Louis Park on their statewide public safety tour to discuss what their public safety budget – including $300 million for cities, counties, and tribes across the state – would mean for communities across the state. Under the Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward, St. Louis Park would receive nearly $900,000 per year.

February Budget Forecast Projects Surplus of $9.3 Billion

On Monday, Minnesota Department of Management and Budget released its February Budget and Economic Forecast, projecting a budget surplus of $9.3 billion. A budget surplus of this size presents a remarkable opportunity for Minnesota to invest in health care, child care, education, and public safety while cutting taxes for families and small businesses, which is exactly what the Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward will do. 

Governor Walz Receives Briefing and Tour from 148th Fighter Wing

Governor Walz stands in front of a plane with some service members of the 148th Fighter Wing.

Governor Walz received a briefing and tour last Friday from the 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard in Duluth. While he was there, he thanked the members for their service and readiness to protect our nation.

Social Media Post of the Week

Governor Walz tweeted on Sunday, February 27 “If you’re defending Vladimir Putin, you’re wrong.”

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