On Thursday, Governor Tim Walz (DFL–MN) continued a statewide tour to highlight investments in the workforce, this time visiting a nursing home training center in Roseville.
Walz has continued to showcase investments in education, manufacturing, and public safety during the tour as part of the state‘s DEED‘s “Drive for Five“ program, which is intended to strengthen the largest industries in Minnesota.
Walz stressed the importance of investing in nursing homes and critical care in order to ensure better staffing. Although investments were previously made to meet new challenges and demands of the nursing home industry during the legislative session, it wasn‘t until the last few days that Republicans in the Senate were able to agree and pass a $300 million bonding bill for the state‘s nursing homes.
The funding was only approved after the DFL included funding in the bill and the Senate Republicans agreed to pass it in exchange for tax cuts.
When asked about whether or not the funding could have been approved without a push from the GOP, Walz did not provide a clear answer.