Bigger “Walz Checks” — a thousand dollars for married couples and 500 for single filers — are the keystone of the governor’s revised state budget plan, promoted by the larger nine-billion-dollar surplus:

“Having money in the hands of folks, I trust they’ll spend it the way they need to.”

Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller responds Republicans have a plan that helps Minnesotans more:

“Not just one time, but it’s permanent, ongoing — so Minnesotans have more money, more money in their pockets every single paycheck on a permanent, ongoing basis.”

The governor cautions against major changes to Minnesota’s tax code at a time of international instability, terming his proposal a “middle ground, moderate position.”