(St. Paul, MN)  —  Governor Tim Walz’ two-year budget includes an over 25-percent increase in spending.  More than half of the increase would be spent on one-time projects.  Walz wants to send checks to over two-and-a-half million Minnesotans out of the record-breaking surplus.  The governor’s plan would also include spending on areas such as schools, housing, and paid worker leave.  Lawmakers will now negotiate to come to a final spending plan.