ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – Governor Tim Walz defends a ten-year economic expansion plan from a special panel he called together, which stresses affordable child care, housing and health care… better K-12 education…and workforce training — but doesn’t emphasize business tax cuts.

Walz said today (Wed) at a metal fabrication company in Stacy, “When you ask the business community what’s your top concern right now? They will tell you workforce. And then they will very quickly pivot to, how can you make that workforce stronger? And then they will pivot quickly to child care and things like that.”

Walz’s challenger, Republican Scott Jensen says he’s glad Walz is at least responding to the urgency of the matter with a ten-year economic expansion plan.

“I was surprised that he was able to put this many words together without mentioning inflation or utility costs or gas prices,” said Jensen, who added that he has a 10-point plan of his own to address that.